PastPlace – the global gazetteer from the people who brought you 'A Vision of Britain through Time'

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    This poster differs very substantially from the similarly titled poster prepared for the same meeting in 2013, as that concerned a new "gazetteer service" or API (Applications Programming Interface) by which part of the content of our existing Vision of Britain system could be accessed. This new poster instead covers a new body of actual content, the PastPlace global historical gazetteer. The poster covers the derivation of a central "spinal gazetteer" from the Wikidata project; linking in the full text of the "Gazetteer of the World or dictionary of Geographical Knowledge (Edinburgh: Fullarton, 1856); adding place names gathered by the Pelagios project from pre-1492 maps and "geospatial documents"; constructing a global historical base map server, based mainly on sheets from the International Map of the World; the API, which has been modified to access PastPlace rather than Vision of Britain; a new web app which provides PastPlace with a public face, accessing the gazetteer via the API and designed to work as well on tablets and phones as on PCs; and future plans to extend the gazetteer through the crowd-sourced extraction of place names from historical maps. The project is part-funded by the University of Portsmouth's Higher Education Initiatives Fund.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2014
    EventUK Archives Discovery Forum - National Archives, Kew, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 27 Mar 201427 Mar 2014


    ConferenceUK Archives Discovery Forum
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Gazetteer


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