Presentation on theme: "EDINA Geoservices Deliver 24/7 online geo-data, mapping and gazetteer services to HE/FE and beyond Highly experienced and skilled team –provides advice."— Presentation transcript:
EDINA Geoservices Deliver 24/7 online geo-data, mapping and gazetteer services to HE/FE and beyond Highly experienced and skilled team –provides advice nationally and internationally –active in standards development –also active in GI community nationally and internationally –Over ten years experience in handling spatial data At leading edge of GI service development in UK –resulted in participation in projects with OS Undertake r&D - projects service Strategic move toward interoperability
Undertake development projects and hosting…for BL… BL gazetteer hosting (Collect Britain) NOF Vision of Britain :: … and others… GIGateway (www.gigateway.org) AGI Tech SIG
National Services… Digimap :: UKBORDERS :: … and pre-service development projects… Go-Geo! (www.gogeo.ac.uk)www.gogeo.ac.uk Agricultural Census :: OGS Web Services (e.g OS Pathfinder) geoXwalk (www.geoXwalk.ac.uk)
Making geography matter Aims Create a placename authority file Make variations in definitions of geography transparent Provide a means to crosswalk geographies i.e. translate one geography into another - hence the name Geographic agnosticism How? Create a digital gazetteer that stores the different geographies and can implicitly resolve the relationships between them Provision as a service to service other services
Supporting service searching: Photographs of towns along the River Tweed Place name - River Tweed Feature Type: River Relation: near Distance: 1/2 km Target type: towns Places... Peebles Innerleithen Melrose Kelso Coldstream Berwick upon Tweed Image finder server (Images indexed on place names)
As online facility to assist metadata creation Most extant resources have some form of spatial reference e.g. placename, county name, postcode A geoparser has been developed which will assist in the semi-automatic indexing of these resources by using the gazetteer as reference. The results of the geoparsing can be used to update the documents metadata, making it directly geographically searchable.
Contact details James.Reid@ed.ac.uk EDINA, Data Library, University of Edinburgh telephone +44 (0)131 650 3302 For information on geoXwalk project: www.geoXwalk.ac.uk