The Alexandria Digital Library Gazetteer Server
Entry ID: Alex-Dig_Gaz-00
Abstract: The ADL gazetteer, a geospatially defined geographic name datasets or a
place-name index, allows a user to find earth features by typing in the name
associated with that feature, e.g., find the city of Santa Barbara or find all
references to the name "Santa Barbara" worldwide. The gazetteer database may be
used as a spatial finding aid or as a ... stand-alone reference tool.
This is the new version of the ADL Gazetteer, based on the ADL Gazetteer
Content Standard. Currently it contains: NIMA Gazetteer, set of countries and
U.S. counties, set of U.S. topographic map quadrangle footprints, set of
volcanoes, and set of earthquake epicenters. The GNIS data has been partly
added to the collection. As of today, there are just under 4 million entries.
In process: USGS Gazetteer (GNIS) and GeoRef placenames from their thesaurus.
ISO Topic Category
Access Constraints You can only run one gazetteer session at a time, and your results are only
available for a short period of time (30 minutes, at present).
Use Constraints This interface has been developed and tested using various browser. Different
browser quirks are outlined below:
Tool tips on result list do not wrap
Windows Internet Explorer 5/6:
Selecting File New Window will cause you to lose the last result ... set,because it
will restart your session.
Start a new IE window from the start menu or icon on the desktop.
Map sometimes gets confused. This is caused by IE 6 privacy settings. Some
settings can selectively block or accept cookies, in the same session. Because
the problem is intermittent, we do not have a solution.
Netscape < 5:
No tool tips
Hastings, J., & Hill, L. L. (2002, September 25-28). Treatment of "Duplicates" in the Alexandria Digital Library Gazetteer. Paper presented at the GeoScience 2002, Boulder, Colorado. Powerpoint presentation. http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/%7Ejordan/adlgaz/2i28_gisc02-preso.ppt
Hill, L. L. (2000). Core Elements of Digital Gazetteers: Placenames, Categories, and Footprints. (Submitted to ... the Fourth European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, Lisbon, Portugal, September 18-20, 2000.)
Hill, L. L., Frew, J., & Zheng, Q. (1999). Geographic names: The implementation of a gazetteer in a georeferenced digital library. D-Lib (January 1999). http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january99/hill/01hill.html
Hill, L. (1999). Gazetteer and collection-level meatdata developments. In R. T. Kaser & V. C. Kaser (Eds.), Metadiversity. The Grand Challenge for Biodiversity Information Managment through Metadata. The Call for Community. Proceedings of the Symposium sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Div. & the National Federation of Abstracting & Information Services (pp. 141-145): NFAIS (www.nfais.org).
Hill, L. L., & Zheng, Q. (1999). Indirect geospatial referencing through place names in the digital library: Alexandria Digital Library experience with developing and implementing gazetteers. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Oct. 31- Nov. 4, 1999, pp. 57-69.
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