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Comments on Canada [29 November 2007]
Hey there Peter... I'm just curious as to why you removed your comments about Canada place names. Dallan and gang are in the process of redoing the entire placename index and if there is something about Canada's structure that needs fixing, now's the time to do it. :) --Ronni 20:12, 27 November 2007 (EST)
Hi Peter, Canada has been a bit confusing. If you are familiar with Canada maybe you could help. We do need to conform to the name standards at WeRelate. It has to do with the search upgrade and match/merge that is in the works. Place page titles need to conform for the search/match/merge to work properly. We had to come up with a naming standard that would work worldwide. Unfortunately, that means that some places have longer titles than might be necessary for that particular place. It is fairly simple to explain but often difficult to implement--especially when boundaries and names changed often and there are overlapping jurisdictions. So, if you are able to lend a hand, it would be much appreciated. When we get done, it will be the largest and most comprehensive historical and current inhabited place index. All place titles need to include a country. Political subdivisions relevant to genealogy are separated by commas, smaller subdivisions to the right of the country. This place index is all about finding records and connecting ancestors. So if say a "township" only deals allocating resources and isn't necessary to differentiate between towns with the same name, we don't want to include it in the hierarchy. Thanks for your input.--sq 13:25, 29 November 2007 (EST)
Thanks Solvieg, I will give it some thought. I find it mind boggling. Especially when you add in the historical changes. What townships are now and what they were in the 1800's is very different. You also need a time dimension. At any given point in time a physical place (community with boundaries) existed in a heirarchy from smaller to larger. How would you enter Jamestown in 1606? or Hochelagga in 1535? The colony was Virginia, did America exist.
Jamestown, Virginia, America
Hochelega, America ?
I still think you need a political heirarchy of place, municipality/province/country, and an optional physical place,i.e. is in county or township X. If the township is a municipality then it goes in the political heirarchy. Likewise you could have a physical place called a region or a political place called a region. We have multi-tierd regional governments. These are groups of communities that come together as a municipal government. We also have regions like Niagra, or Napa valley. Geographic places.
A set of definitions for each country and a set of rules and examples how they are applied would be helpful in getting consistency. The rules may change from country to country so long as there are rules. And they fit into your format of largest to smallest.
I will think on this some more.
Thxs Peter --PeterP 15:26, 29 November 2007 (EST)
Ontario Research Guide [6 December 2007]
Just wanted to say this looks great! Thanks for helping out.--sq 21:54, 4 December 2007 (EST)
Thxs Solveig, I have some more material to add. I will be working at it slowly.--PeterP 15:28, 6 December 2007 (EST)
Image license [5 August 2008]Hi, I am an admin for WeRelate. I will be reviewing Image licensing from now on. I noticed that you had a question about your image leave me a message. :-)--sq 16:10, 5 August 2008 (EDT)