Placing Names: Enriching and Integrating Gazetteers

Merrick Lex Berman (Editor), Ruth Mostern (Editor), Humphrey Southall (Editor)

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    Well before the innovation of maps, gazetteers served as the main geographic referencing system for hundreds of years. Consisting of a specialized index of place names, gazetteers traditionally linked descriptive elements with topographic features and coordinates. Placing Names is inspired by that tradition of discursive place-making and by contemporary approaches to digital data management that have revived the gazetteer and guided its development in recent decades. Adopted by researchers in the Digital Humanities and Spatial Sciences, gazetteers provide a way to model the kind of complex cultural, vernacular, and perspectival ideas of place that can be located in texts and expanded into an interconnected framework of naming history. This volume brings together leading and emergent scholars to examine the history of the gazetteer, its important role in geographic information science, and its use to further the reach and impact of spatial reasoning into the digital age.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationIndianapolis
    PublisherIndiana University Press
    Number of pages280
    ISBN (Print)978-0-253-02244-8
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2016

    Publication series

    NameSpatial Humanities
    PublisherIndiana University Press


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