[APG Public List] [APG Members] place names

LBoswell 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.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Janice Sellers
  To: apgpubliclist Posting ; apgmembersonlylist at apgen.org
  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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