[APG Public List] [APG Members] place names
laboswell at rogers.com
Wed Oct 27 09:58:42 MDT 2010
I don't understand any of the objections. The coordinates are similar to
using a place name alone, except that when used in conjunction with a place
name they offer the added option of making it easier to get to the general
location. They aren't going to explain boundary changes etc any more than
the place name did!
Yet even if covering an approximate/general area they can be plugged into
other programs, mapping options, and much more in ways that historical or
modern place names can't. And as was pointed out they offer a way of
differentiating between similarly named locations
They're an "add-on" to everything you would normally do. But a powerful
"add-on" if employed in a reasonable, intelligent manner.
I think they should be added whenever possible.
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From: Janice Sellers
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Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: [APG Members] [APG Public List] place names
I think "boundary definitions + effective time period" is an important
component of the GPS concept being discussed. Many, possibly most,
places do not have the same boundaries over time. As an example,
small communities are often annexed by large ones. So, for instance,
I live in Oakland, California. If I were to include a general
boundary GPS listing for Oakland as it is now, it would be much larger
than Oakland was in the mid-1870's, when the section of the city in
which I live was annexed.
Janice M. Sellers
On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 7:17 AM, <linda at fpr.com> wrote:
> I'm not sure I see how use of GPS coordinates has much impact on the
> discussion of current vs historical place names. GPS descriptors are
> an additional place qualification, and IMO they are very useful. Names
> and their associated boundary definitions + effective time period and
> the correspondence between then and now... all that is still important
> as they have been.
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