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Temporal Gazetteer

Affiliation  Other - FAS

The Temporal Gazetteer (TGAZ) is a search engine and machine-readable API for historical placenames.  Built upon toponymic databases of historical placenames from the China Historical GIS, the Toponimika - Historical Gazetteer of Russia, and the Gazetteer of Historical Monasteries in Greater Tibet, the TGAZ system architecture provides a method for integrating historical place names with other Linked Open Data systems, such as Pelagios / Recogito and MARKUS.

This interface accepts queries for placenames in UTF-8 encoded strings or glyphs (for example, Chinese characters, Russian Cyrillic script, and Tibetan Script, as well as Romanized transcriptions). Each placename recorded in the database is referred to as a spelling. A brief look at the project in diagrams (PDF).

Grant Funding  TGAZ was partly funded by Pelagios 3 [] and the I/UCRC Spatio-Temporal Thinking Center []