Core Elements of Digital Gazetteers: Placenames, Categories, and Footprints
The core elements of a digital gazetteer are the placename itself, the type of place it labels, and a geographic footprint representing its location and possibly its extent. Such gazetteer data is an important component of indirect geographic referencing through placenames. Based on the gazetteer development work of the Alexandria Digital Library, this paper presents the nature of placenames, and the process of assigning categories to places based on the words in the placenames and other information, and discusses the nature of georeferencing places with geographic footprints.
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