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Title: Geographies of gazetteers in Great Britain
Authors: De Sabbata, Stefano
Acheson, Elise
First Published: 30-Mar-2016
Presented at: 24th GIS Research UK (GISRUK 2016) conference, University of Greenwich, 30th March to 1st April 2016.
Start Date: 30-Mar-2016
End Date: 1-Apr-2016
Citation: GISRUK, 2016.
Abstract: Gazetteers are playing a central role in the current data revolution as key tools to link content to geographical space. However, their geographies and idiosyncrasies are poorly understood despite their potential to worsen application outcomes and information inequalities. In this study, we analyze two open gazetteers, GeoNames and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names, in terms of the quantity and spatial distribution of features in Great Britain, illustrating how they provide a different and inconsistent picture of the region and are still far less detailed than the institutional gazetteers curated by Ordnance Survey.
Version: Publisher Version
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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