[tdwg] Country name reconciliation

Peter DeVries pete.devries at gmail.com
Mon May 27 17:50:13 CEST 2013

Hi David,

You might want to look at GeoNames - you can download the data and import
it onto your  own app pretty easily.

Han did this pretty quickly last summer.

If it not perfect for your needs you might find it useful since it contains
useful language variations for locations.



- Pete

On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 9:57 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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Pete DeVries
Semantic Web / Linked Open Data
Encyclopedia of Life <http://eol.org/>
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street Woods Hole MA 02543
Email: pdevries at mbl.edu

University of Wisconsin - Madison Entomology
TaxonConcept <http://www.taxonconcept.org/> / GeoSpecies Knowledge Bases
Email: pdevries at wisc.edu
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