[uf-discuss] maps, place names and tagging

Christopher St John ckstjohn at gmail.com
Sat Nov 4 06:05:44 PST 2006

On 11/3/06, Michael MD <mdagn at spraci.com> wrote:
> I'd really like to find out if there are any emerging standards for tags
> related to place names.
> ...
> Wouldn't it be nice if the pages related to place names on Wikipedia (or any
> site that lots of people might link place names to) had geo markup on them
> and also some kind of standard markup for related place names and how they
> are related to each other? (something to say that suburb a is in city b is
> in state c is in country e).

Well, "emerging standards" suggests standards that are
somehow moving forward or gaining traction. If the question
is simply "prior work in the area", then there's a bunch. For
example, the Geo Tags effort[1] suggests using the Getty
Thesaurus of Geographic Names [2][3], which defines
formal naming hierarchies. I have a sneaking suspicion
very few people actually go through the bother for web-
based stuff, but I haven't done the research to back it up.


[1] http://geotags.com/geo/geotags2.html
[2] http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/tgn/
[3] http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/tgn/faq.html#relationships

Christopher St. John

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