This University of Edinburgh project focuses on devising automatic methods to geoparse the Gazetteers of Scotland.

Improving gazetteers

The Ordnance Gazetteers of Scotland is collection of twenty volumes of the most popular descriptive historical gazetteers of Scotland in the 19th century, providing ‘dictionaries’ of places such as towns, cities, castles and antiquities.

This project brings together academics from the University of Edinburgh (Dr Bea Alex, Dr Rosa Filgueira, Dr Claire Grover and Professor Melissa Terras) to create better historical gazetteer resources for Scotland. This will enable better quality geoparsing performance for mapping historical Scottish text.

The Edinburgh Geoparser was recently integrated with the DEFOE text analysis tool, which allows running text mining queries across large datasets. The project will compare different NLP pipelines and formally evaluate their geoparsing performance by means of a manually annotated gold standard.

Find out more

This is an ongoing project – more coming soon!

More information about the project: Language Technology Group: Geoparsing the Gazetteers of Scotland

Which dataset is this project using?

This project is using the Gazetteers of Scotland: Gazetteers of Scotland dataset on the Data Foundry website