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    CHALICE: Aims, Objectives, Outcomes

    Hello and welcome to the CHALICE project blog.We’re re-stating our project’s aims and means in seven blog post, and this is the first.

    What are we trying to achieve with CHALICE?

    We want to help create an historic placename gazetteer for the UK, publish it as Linked Data and link it to other widely-used sources of placename reference information on the semantic web – starting with geonames.org, as that is linked to many other sources.


    We’ll use Named Entity Recognition techniques to extract placename and timescale reference information from texts, using digitised text from the English Place Name Survey.

    Once we’ve bootstrapped our historic gazetteer, it can be used to greatly improve the quality of future historic text mining efforts.

    What else do we hope will result from CHALICE?

    We hope to improve the quality and viability of semi-structured data extraction from non-narrative text, and gain insight into how this process can be more easily repeated by others. We’ll experiment with both grammar-based and machine-learning based named entity recognition systems to see if there’s benefit in combining both approaches, and whether we can identify specific strengths and weaknesses.

    We plan to engage with projects and people outwith the usual scope of geographic information specialists; people who are holding archives rich with implicit structured data, or people for whom a geographic means of exploring their archives could hold a lot of benefit.

    What will we leave behind?

    • A gazetteer with dense historic coverage (in theory back to the Domesday era) for all recorded placenames and variants within a few key areas.
    • A Linked Data version of this gazettteer
    • A simple web interface to annotate and correct the gazetteer data and semi-automatically created links to other entities on the semantic web
    • A short series of case studies demonstrating use of the gazetteer and its potential application to other, similar archives and services
    • Search through the gazetteer data using the JISC-supported Unlock Places service

    2 responses to “CHALICE: Aims, Objectives, Outcomes”

    1. Hi Jo

      Mainly just saying hello here to let you know that I’ve just started in the ‘synthesis liaison’ role for the JiscEXPO programme in addition to PMing LOCAH. There’s a bit of info on what this is all about at http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/jisc-ie/blog/2010/09/30/jiscexpo-programme-synthesis/ if you’re not already aware of it. I note the posts say ‘draft’ so hoping the info is broadly accurate.

      Early days yet, but one thing someone did mention to me is that Vision of Britain (http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/) is creating a gazetter, although presumably not in linked data form. Is that something you’re aware of or have a connection to? Might be some synergies here.

      Cheers, Adrian

    2. How many place names are you up to?

      What is the range of places you’re looking at?

      Is it being linked up to the ordance survey linkeddata?