Digitally Exposing the Place Names of England and Wales

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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
Title of host publicationPlace Names: Enriching and Integrating Gazetteers
EditorsMerrick Lex Berman, Ruth Mostern, Humphrey Southall
PublisherIndiana University
Number of pages163
ISBN (Print)978-0-253-02244-8
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameThe Spatial Humanities
PublisherIndiana University Press


  • Digital Humanities
  • Historical Geography
  • Big data


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