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PastPlace linked data historical gazetteer

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The PastPlace gazetteer is a subset of Wikidata, itself a systematisation of Wikipedia, and so contains all the world’s “notable” places. To this have been linked historical place name “attestations”, meaning instances of a particular character string being used to refer to the place in a specified and usually dated historical map or other document. The system inherits much historical content from the Great Britain Historical GIS, and the main sources are described, but place name content can be extended globally through crowd-sourcing name attestations from historical maps: the related Old Maps Online project and GB1900 crowd-sourcing system are introduced. The article describes the Linked Data Applications Programming Interface by which this information is made accessible to computers, and more briefly the PastPlace web app for humans.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive Geographic Information Systems
EditorsBo Huang, Kai Cao
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherElsevier
VolumeGIS for socio-economic applications
ISBN (Print)978-0128046609
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017

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