[APG Public List] [APG Members] place names
laboswell at rogers.com
Tue Oct 26 07:18:26 MDT 2010
by suggesting it would be a topic for sourcecitations I may have given the
wrong impression. I'm referring to footnoting the location.
But that said, I'd not have a problem with including it as a note appended
to a citation, given it would clarify location referenced by the citation.
But what I was thinking of is tagging named locations mentioned in research
with their real world coordinates (specific or general coordinates)
But I wonder too if how we cite things is going to change given digital
realities. I've argued before that digital access has substantially altered
such things, and raised new options/potentials (as well as new problems)
that aren't being fully addressed (my opinion). But that latter bit would
be better talked about on a list dedicated to such things.
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With regard to identifying places by GPS, Larry wrote:
>Maybe this is a more appropriate topic for the rather silent
list, because really it's an issue (historical/modern names) that's
encountered more often in that area.
John then responded:
>I think the caution of using them can be addressed in the description
(citation detail?) of what the site is. ... can be annotated as "Grave
John and Larry, I can understand the placement of GPS data in a source
citation when one is citing the location of a gravestone in a
cemetery---especially obscure rural cemeteries and large urban ones. But
the usual discussion of locations, if and when we use GPS coordinates as a
means of pinpointing rural locales or events (such as Michael's proposed
case of birth on a farm), it would seem to me that the information should
not be relegated to source citations. After all, a GPS location is not a
source. The birth or other event is not a source. The GPS would be
to the source only if we were giving the coordinates for the location of
*repository* (that being the sense in which we use GPS coordinates in a
We typically identify locations of events and residences in our narrative,
no? There, we give the legal descriptions of farms, we state the street
lot numbers for town residences, and we say that country stores were at a
certain crossroad. If we know the precise GPS location for that farm or
residence or country store, why bury the property's GPS location in a
note that many people don't bother reading? Why not give it
in the text, as we might do with any other "current location" for a
place whose name has changed?
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
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