Thanks for the advice. In fact, my need is a very prosaic one, just to
control geographically a few thousand bibliographical entries submitted by
contributors to the Who's Who. As I undestand it, and it's still being
worked out, there would be no need to go below, e.g. the county level for
the UK. The hierarchy would serve two functions: to enable those inputting
to select one or more areas relating to what they'd written, and to enable
users to search in a similar way. This broadly corresponds to what we did
with the last printed edition, if you ever saw that. To give an idea of the
expected volume, most counties would have between zero and four entries, I
So nothing very sophisticated or elaborate. I'd just rather not have to
knock one out myself.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Humphrey Southall" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 6:19 PM
Subject: Re: Hierarchy of geographical names
> Why does it need to have a single hierarchy? I regard one of the main
> strengths of the gazetteer/thesaurus underneath my project's Vision of
> Britain web site as that it is polyhierarchic (in particular, each parish
> tends to be part of many different higher level units). Nobody has ever
> suggested this made it unusable as an authority list. It certainly has
> plenty of historical content.
> Anyway, I suggest you post your request on the CGGR mailing list, which is
> specifically concerned with data models for gazetteers. The web site is
> I will be interested in the responses.
> Best wishes,
> Humphrey Southall
> Humphrey Southall
> Reader in Geography/Director,
> Great Britain Historical GIS Project
> Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth
> Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 3HE
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