UN - Geographic Information Systems
In cartography, a standardized design of peripheral map elements (borders, neat-lines, north arrows) that can be used for a standardized map series. In database management systems, an empty table created for multiple purposes for which only the fields or items have been defined.
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