[tdwg-content] Clarification about values for dwc:county
steve.baskauf at vanderbilt.edu
Mon Apr 13 01:12:30 CEST 2015
Yes, I agree. It probably is a usage issue. If there is a mixture of
usage with some people reporting it one way ("Missoula") and others
reporting it the other way ("Missoula County"), then I would probably
include the " County" part. However, if nearly everyone omits the last
part, then I don't want to expose DwC data that doesn't play well with
what is conventional, and I would omit the last part.
Bob Morris wrote:
> This may be a usage issue not a definition issue. For example if you
> search for the form of notarized signature in u.s. states, you will
> probably conclude that most or all states require a form County of
> _______________. In turn this and its sisters may be derived from the
> Uniform Commercial Code. But other legal docs may have different
> conventions. One could wish that a best practice would be to follow
> local practice for legal names of such named entities as counties.
> But my guess is that in the U.S. this is full of huge state to state
> variation arising from historical events, especially colonial ones.
> On Apr 12, 2015 10:35 AM, "Steve Baskauf"
> <steve.baskauf at vanderbilt.edu <mailto:steve.baskauf at vanderbilt.edu>>
> The definition of dwc:county is: "The full, unabbreviated name of the
> next smaller administrative region than stateProvince (county, shire,
> department, etc.) in which the Location occurs." What I'm wondering
> about is whether the "full" name includes the second part to the
> name as
> it's typically written in the U.S. and Canada. "Missoula" is given as
> an example. However, the full name of that county in Montana is
> actually "Missoula County". If there were consistency in second parts
> of county names, one could just assume that one adds " County"
> after the
> value given for dwc:county. However, there isn't consistency. In
> Louisiana, it's "Washington Parish". In Alaska, names usually end
> "Borough" (e.g. "Denali Borough"), although sometimes they don't (e.g.
> "Dillingham Census Area"). Outside the U.S. and Canada, there may
> be no
> second part to the name, or it might be something completely
> I am having a problem with this when I try to display values of
> dwc:county on a web page. Currently I have some rules that involve
> examining the country and the value of dwc:stateProvince to decide
> to append after the first part of the name. But they don't work for
> Alaska and if I just said "Dillingham, Alaska" that would really be
> wrong if I meant the Dillingham Census Area and not the city of
> Dillingham. It would be easier to display them if the second part of
> the name were included in the value.
> Is there a convention on this? I was assuming that it would be to
> the second part of the name, but since the definition says "full,
> unabbreviated name", I'm not sure.
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