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I'm fairly new at QGIS, though pretty experienced with ArcMap. So I thought I would learn it with a fun data set, a Census bureau tiger file. Specifically the Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA) which can be found at.

https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/tiger-data.html

Each of the attributes has a alphanumeric name which corresponds to the metadata with the actual descriptions. When I try to open the metadata QGIS slows down until it's unusable. How can I transfer or best leverage the metadata to know what the attributes are. I know it's a broad and somewhat simple question, but I really cannot find a good way to do this.

  • And it would seem if I join the main polygon to any table it crashes upon trying to read the attribute table. – Sam Dotson Jul 29 '17 at 20:24

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