RESOURCE: Working with Named Places: How and Why to Build a Gazetteer (Programming Historian)

The latest lesson from Programming Historian is “Working with Named Places: How and Why to Build a Gazetteer” by Susan Grunewald and Ruth Mostern. The lesson takes the learner through the process of creating a gazetteer from historical texts and then shows how one might leverage the gazetteer’s data using linked open data and GIS. A notable and welcome feature is the focus on concepts of place to give the learner a solid foundation and a deeper understanding of gazetteers as “a kind of Knowledge Organization System (KOS), a tool ‘that brings together related concepts and their names in a meaningful way, such that users of the KOS can easily comprehend the relationships represented’.”

dh+lib Review

This post was produced through a cooperation between Jyothi Justin, Mary Tuttle, Mimosa Shah, Emily Cukier, and Michelle Speed (Editors-at-large for the week), John Russell and Linsey Ford (Editors for the week), Claudia Berger, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Pamella Lach, Hillary Richardson, and Rachel Starry (dh+lib Review Editors).