Definition: Framework data
UN - Geographic Information Systems
In the context of national GIS activities, a set of general purpose geographic themes or base data, such as administrative boundaries, elevation or transportation infrastructure. Framework or national spatial data infrastructure initiatives aim at coordinating the development and standardization of GIS data sets of framework data in a country.
United Nations, "Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of Census Activities", Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division, Studies in Methods, Series F No. 103, New York, 2009