[tdwg] Country name reconciliation

Matt Jones jones at nceas.ucsb.edu
Fri May 17 16:39:32 CEST 2013

A good official list of countries is available from the Library of Congress:
  For background, see: http://www.loc.gov/marc/countries/

And of course there's ISO 3166, the list of country codes:


Not sure about the alternate representations and misspellings, though.


On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 5:57 AM, Shorthouse, David <
davidpshorthouse at gmail.com> wrote:

> Folks,
> The Canadensys development team, http://www.canadensys.net is looking
> for efficient, low-maintenance ways to validate and reconcile data in
> its National cache of occurrence data. We are working on a Java
> library to initially tackle single-field Darwin Core validations,
> https://github.com/Canadensys/narwhal-processor. We hope this library
> is sufficiently generalized for uses outside our project.
> Our current challenge is to reconcile country names, which requires
> access to an up-to-date, well-maintained knowledge base of country
> names, their alternative representations (possibly multilingual), and
> mappings to known misspellings. For performance reasons, we'd like
> this thesaurus to be embedded in the library, but with the capacity to
> be periodically refreshed with data pulled from external resources
> such as dbpedia.org. This clearly has ties to semantic web thinking
> and, because we're new to the tools and services in this space, we'd
> like to solicit pointers and feedback such that we build this part of
> our library with maximal benefit to other projects. We started
> collecting thoughts here:
> https://github.com/Canadensys/narwhal-processor/issues/14.
> Cheers,
> David P. Shorthouse
> Christian Gendreau
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