WHG Gazetteer Workbench

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Tools in the WHG platform can help you to enhance your uploaded place data and to create three kinds of gazetteer publications:

  • A thematic annotated place collection
  • A gazetteer dataset from a single upload file
  • A gazetteer from multiple datasets (a dataset collection)

Telling stories with Place Collections log in or register to get started

The WHG place collection builder tool allows any user to add place records from any number of datasets to an authored thematic collection, and to annotate each record with a note, an image, and a keyword from a set created for that collection. Annotations can also include a date or timespan, or be arranged in sequence. The collection itself includes an explanatory essay, and up to three related external links. example presentation (modal popup).

Place Collections for teaching and workshops

Users assigned the group leader role can create class/session groups, invite students/members, review submitted collections, and nominate exceptional work for inclusion in a student gallery. For details see the Teaching with WHG page.

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Creating a gazetteer dataset log in or register to get started

Registered users can upload a file of place data in one of two supported formats into their private workspace, view its contents in a map and table, and augment it using the WHG reconciliation tool. That process looks for possible matches to each of their records in WHG's indexes of 13 million Wikidata and GeoNames records. Then, records that received one or more "hit" are presented alongside those hits in a review screen. The dataset owner (or any designated collaborators) decide in each case: 'match' or 'no match.' Matches augment the user's record by adding geographic coordinates, name variants, and authority identifiers from the matched record.

Publish the dataset

A reconciled dataset with completed metadata can be submitted to WHG editors for publication, making its presentation page public with a permanent URL example (modal popup) and its data searchable by site vistors in the WHG search page and via the WHG Application Programming Interface (API).

Download the data for offline use

An augmented dataset can be downloaded with its new geometry, name variants, and authority IDs, for offline use in other software. Or the dataset owner can choose to publish it as a gazetteer resource.

Assembling a Dataset Collection log in or register to get started

The WHG dataset collection builder allows individuals and collaborating groups to gather multiple datasets in a collection, link records that are for the same place, and publish the collection as a single gazetteer resource in a presentation page with a permanent URL. example (modal popup).

The process

A dataset collection is initiated, or "seeded" with a single published dataset (call it 'ds1'), and indexed in a distinct collection namespace. A second dataset ('ds2') is then added, and reconciled against the first. That is, potential matches between records are found and presented to the owner or collaborating team for review. These steps can be repeated for as many datasets as desired: 'ds3' reconciled against the combined 'ds1' and ds2' record set, and so forth.


When all the component dataset places have been internally linked, the collection owner(s) will typically complete its metadata, add an explanatory essay, and request its publication. Its records can now be searched and browsed on the WHG site, and accessed as a discrete source via the WHG API.