Name Authorities

  • Alexandria Digital Library Gazetteer Place Name Set (ADL Gazetteer)
    The ADL Project has created a list of all of the names, both primary and alternative names, from its ADL Gazetteer and is making it available for download and local use within the limits of our copyright statement. We anticipate that the list will be useful for geoparsing applications where geographic names need to be identified in natural language text. Each entry in the list, one line per entry, consists of (1) the ADL Gazetteer Identifier for the entry associated with the name; (2) the name; (3) the date of entry into the database.The ADL Gazetteer Identifier for particular entries can be used with the Gazetteer Service Protocol to retrieve standard reports for the entry.

  • Cathedral Libraries Catalogue: Names of printing towns (Names of printing towns)
    This list gives English or other vernacular forms for the Latin names of printing towns as found in early printed books. There are also some references for early spellings of vernacular forms of names. This is a working document of the Cathedral Libraries Catalogue and is not intended to replace the lists in Orbis Latinus, Brunet, etc.

  • Consortium of European Research Libraries Thesaurus (CERL Thesaurus)
    The CERL Thesaurus contains names of persons, corporate bodies, places and printers/publishers recorded in books or other material printed during the hand-press era (1450 - ca. 1830). Authority files contributed by CERL member libraries and other libraries/projects concentrating on the history of the book are brought together and made searchable in one single system. The CERL Thesaurus currently comprises 724,857 records (14 December 2009).

  • GeoNames (GeoNames)
    The GeoNames geographical database is available for download free of charge under a creative commons attribution license. It contains over eight million geographical names and consists of 7 million unique features whereof 2.6 million populated places and 2.8 million alternate names. All features are categorized into one out of nine feature classes and further subcategorized into one out of 645 feature codes. The data is accessible free of charge through a number of webservices and a daily database export. GeoNames is already serving up to over 11 million web service requests per day.

  • Orbis Latinus Online (Orbis Latinus Online)
    Orbis Latinus, Lexikon lateinischer geographischer Namen des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, Edition 1909

  • RBMS/BSC Latin Place Names (Latin Place Names)
    Latin Place Names found in the imprints of books printed before 1801 and their vernacular equivalents in AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules) form. This database was compiled from the imprint information in cataloging records of several Anglo-American research libraries.

  • Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)
    The Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) is a structured vocabulary currently containing around 1,106,000 names and other information about places. Names for a place may include names in the vernacular language, English, other languages, historical names, names and in natural order and inverted order. Among these names, one is flagged as the preferred name.

  • Web Feature Service Gazetteer (WFS-G)
    The Web Feature Service Gazetteer (WFS-G) delivers spatial data in XML format, including GML version 2.11. He can be used to search for objects (eg, home addresses, place names, etc.), their coordinates and geographical names. With this information, each client can be positioned quickly to a selected area. Initially, the Gazetteer service only for digital directories with point coordinates was used. It now also be mapped objects with linear or planar geometries.