Digital Gazetteer Information Exchange (DGIE) Workshop
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Program 98-121 (Digital Government), Directorate for Computer & Information Science and Engineering.
Larry Brandt, Program Manager

Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution

Principal Investigator: Linda L. Hill, University of California, Santa Barbara
Co-Principal Investigator: Michael F. Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Award # EIA-9978209. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.



Workshop proposal

Workshop report

PDF version of the workshop report

Workshop presentations (full transcript & links to slides)

Steering committee



List of online gazetteers

UCSB Press Release


A workshop was held October 12-14 in Washington D.C. on the topic of digital gazetteer information exchange. The workshop was planned by a group representing the Alexandria Digital Library, the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and a set of federal agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Imagery & Mapping Agency, and NASA. Participants came from a wide range of communities from U.S. federal and state governments, commercial and academic organizations, and international organizations.

The goals of the two-day workshop were to (1) develop an understanding of the potential of indirect spatial referencing of information resources through geographic names and (2) to identify the research and policy issues associated with the development of digital gazetteer information exchange.

The highlights from the workshop include acknowledgement of the immediate opportunity and requirement to coordinate the building of shareable digital gazetteer data in the interest of digital earth applications; the importance of the temporal aspects of gazetteer data; and the need for a gazetteer service protocol to support distributed gazetteer services.