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Use of the Edinburgh geoparser for georeferencing digitized historical collections

Grover, C and Tobin, R and Byrne, K and Woollard, M and Reid, J and Dunn, S and Ball, J (2010) 'Use of the Edinburgh geoparser for georeferencing digitized historical collections.' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 368 (1925). pp. 3875-3889. ISSN 1364-503X

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We report on two JISC-funded projects that aimed to enrich the metadata of digitized historical collections with georeferences and other information automatically computed using geoparsing and related information extraction technologies. Understanding location is a critical part of any historical research, and the nature of the collections makes them an interesting case study for testing automated methodologies for extracting content. The two projects (GeoDigRef and Embedding GeoCrossWalk) have looked at how automatic georeferencing of resources might be useful in developing improved geographical search capacities across collections. In this paper, we describe the work that was undertaken to configure the geoparser for the collections as well as the evaluations that were performed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: geoparsing; georeferencing; natural language processing; information extraction; digitized historical text
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > UK Data Archive
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 12:24
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:22

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