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Geographies of gazetteers in Great Britain


De Sabbata, Stefano; Acheson, Elise (2016). Geographies of gazetteers in Great Britain. In: 24th GIS Research UK (GISRUK 2016) conference, Greenwich, 30 March 2016 - 1 April 2016.

Abstract

Gazetteers are playing a central role in the current data revolution as key tools to link content to geographical space. However, their geographies and idiosyncrasies are poorly understood despite their potential to worsen application outcomes and information inequalities. In this study, we analyze two open gazetteers, GeoNames and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names, in terms of the quantity and spatial distribution of features in Great Britain, illustrating how they provide a different and inconsistent picture of the region and are still far less detailed than the institutional gazetteers curated by Ordnance Survey.

Abstract

Gazetteers are playing a central role in the current data revolution as key tools to link content to geographical space. However, their geographies and idiosyncrasies are poorly understood despite their potential to worsen application outcomes and information inequalities. In this study, we analyze two open gazetteers, GeoNames and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names, in terms of the quantity and spatial distribution of features in Great Britain, illustrating how they provide a different and inconsistent picture of the region and are still far less detailed than the institutional gazetteers curated by Ordnance Survey.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Event End Date:1 April 2016
Deposited On:23 Mar 2018 10:52
Last Modified:13 Apr 2018 11:47
Publisher:University of Leicester
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://hdl.handle.net/2381/38182

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