Disambiguating Geographic Names in a Historical Digital Library

  • David A. Smith
  • Gregory Crane
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2163)


Geographic interfaces provide natural, scalable visualizations for many digital library collections, but the wide range of data in digital libraries presents some particular problems for identifying and disambiguating place names. We describe the toponym-disambiguation system in the Perseus digital library and evaluate its performance. Name categorization varies significantly among different types of documents, but toponym disambiguation performs at a high level of precision and recall with a gazetteer an order of magnitude larger than most other applications.


Digital Library Entity Recognition Probable False Positive Japanese Text Digital Library System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Smith
    • 1
  • Gregory Crane
    • 1
  1. 1.Perseus ProjectTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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