Disambiguating Geographic Names in a Historical Digital Library

  • David A. Smith
  • Gregory Crane
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-44796-2_12

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2163)
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Smith D.A., Crane G. (2001) Disambiguating Geographic Names in a Historical Digital Library. In: Constantopoulos P., Sølvberg I.T. (eds) Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries. ECDL 2001. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2163. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

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.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

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

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