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Placing Names : Enriching and Integrating Gazetteers

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Description

Well before the innovation of maps, gazetteers served as the main geographic referencing system for hundreds of years. Consisting of a specialized index of place names, gazetteers traditionally linked descriptive elements with topographic features and coordinates. Placing Names is inspired by that tradition of discursive place-making and by contemporary approaches to digital data management that have revived the gazetteer and guided its development in recent decades. Adopted by researchers in the Digital Humanities and Spatial Sciences, gazetteers provide a way to model the kind of complex cultural, vernacular, and perspectival ideas of place that can be located in texts and expanded into an interconnected framework of naming history. This volume brings together leading and emergent scholars to examine the history of the gazetteer, its important role in geographic information science, and its use to further the reach and impact of spatial reasoning into the digital age.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.53mm | 33g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 40 b&w illus., 10 maps, 11 tables
  • 0253022444
  • 9780253022448
  • 1,502,497

About Ruth Mostern

Merrick Lex Berman is Web Services Manager and GIS Specialist at the Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University. Berman has developed (with Bill Hays) a Temporal Gazetteer web service, and was the project manager for the China Historical GIS. Ruth Mostern is Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced. Mostern developed (with Elijah Meeks) the Digital Gazetteer of the Song Dynasty and is author of Dividing the Realm in Order to Govern: The Spatial Organization of the Song State.Humphrey Southall is Professor of Historical Geography at University of Portsmouth (UK). He developed the Great Britain Historical GIS, and the website Vision of Britain. He has been extensively involved with historical gazetteers in the context of GIS and spatial statistics and is now working on PastPlace, a linked data gazetteer of historical place names.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Preface / Peter K. BolIntroduction / Ruth Mostern, Humphrey Southall, and Merrick Lex BermanSection 1: What is a Gazetteer1. Gazetteers Past: Placing Names from Antiquity to the Internet / Ruth Mostern and Humphrey Southall2. Gazetteers Present: Spatial Science and Volunteered Geographical Information / Michael F. Goodchild3. Gazetteers Global: United Nations Geographical Names Standardization / Helen Kerfoot4. Gazetteers Enriched: A Conceptual Basis for Linking Gazetteers with Other Kinds of Information / Ryan ShawSection 2: Using Gazetteers in Combination5. International Standards for Gazetteer Data Structures / Raj Singh6. Place, Period, and Setting for Linked Data Gazetteers / Karl Grossner, Krzysztof Janowicz, and Carsten Kessler 7. The Pleiades Gazetteer and the Pelagios Project / Rainer Simon, Leif Isaksen, Elton Barker, and Pau de Soto Canamares8. Historical Gazetteer System Integration: CHGIS, Regnum Francorum, and GeoNames / Merrick Lex Berman, Johan Ahlfeldt, and Marc WickSection 3: Exemplars9. Building a Gazetteer for Early Modern London, 1550-1650 / Janelle Jenstad10. Digitally Exposing the Place Names of England and Wales / Paul Ell, Lorna Hughes, and Humphrey Southall11. Standardizing Names Nationally: The Work of the United States Board on Geographic Names / Michael Fournier12. The Yeosi Project: Finding a Place in Northeast Asia Through History / Youcheol Kim, Byungnam Yoon, Jonghyuk Kim, and Hyunjong KimSection 4: Doing History with Gazetteers13. Mapping Religious Geographies in Chinese Muslim Society / Mark Henderson and Karl Ryavec14. Core-Periphery Structure of the Nobi Region, Central Japan, With Reference to the Work of G. William Skinner / Tsunetoshi Mizoguchi15. Gazetteer GIS and the Study of Taiwan Local Society and its Transition / Pi-ling Pai and I-Chun FanReferencesList of ContributorsIndexshow more