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Mapearth gazetteer is a crowdsourcing platform that relies on its users for data.
We have two platforms for collecting data: Toponyms Android App and Mapearth website. The Android App supports collection of place names data while the Mapearth website can be used to collect three types of datasets namely:

  • Place names (toponyms)
  • Card records (official gazetteer)
  • Related place names

Place names form

Place Name Form

A Place name is a name given to or held by a geographical location such as a city, town, village, lake-side, mountain region etc.
The place names form has a set of input fields that can be used to describe attributes of the place name. Some attributes are required (marked with asterisk*) and others are optional. All required fields must be filled out before form submission.

Card Record Form

Card Record Form

A card record describes an officially accepted gazetteer record. These records have special naming standards and commonly they are gazeted and nationaly/widely recognized.

Related Places Form

This tool enables users to define characteristics of related place names.
Before this form can be filled, the related place names must in themselves exist on the database. To add a place name, follow specific form that related to that resource. At the moment, users can only add place name and card record entries. GeoNames and prototype gazetteer records have been protected from public edits. New entries into GeoNames and prototype gazetteer can only be done from administration panel.

To define related place names, a user is required to fill following attributes:

  • Relation Place Name (Name by which the relation is effected)
  • Relationship cardinality describes the possible number of objects in the destination feature class or table that can be related to an object in the origin feature class or table. Cardinal directions are relative concepts, as are ideas basic to geography such as near, far, touching, adjacent, left of, right of, inside, outside, above, below, upon, and beneath. The affiliation table derived its fields from the database attribute fields. These tables are linked by key fields using PK and FK, which is called a normalization concept by Edgar F. Codd . The result is rich but smaller tables with only the tables related and the contents related
  • Relationship type defines how the said place names are related.
  • Strength of level of agreement are levels of relations ranging from level 1 to level 7
  • Spatial relationship is the location-wise relation, a point to an area?
  • Langage spoken is the dialect used in naming the place name
  • Sub-language spoken is the sub-dialect (if any) used in naming the place name
  • Remarks is any other information that is relevant and you think should accompany the record
  • Other fields involve selecting the related place names. One can select multiple entries by pressing-don control key c=when selecting.