Laying the Foundation for Community-Driven, Open Cultural Gazetteers


  • Randa El Khatib Univeristy of Victoria



cultural gazetteers, topophilia, volunteered geographical information, geospatial humanities, prototyping


Geospatial humanities projects rely on information found in gazetteers to supply the infrastructure for projects. However, a majority of spatial gazetteers provide place names and geographical coordinates but lack contextualizing information that give meaning to a place, making them insufficient resources for humanities inquiry. In this article, I explore contemporary approaches to data collection and models for cultural gazetteers set forth by early modern chorographical traditions to lay the foundation for building community-driven, open cultural gazetteers. Concurrently, the role of the public in providing Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI) by harnessing user-friendly tools is explored.


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Author Biography

Randa El Khatib, Univeristy of Victoria

Randa El Khatib is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of Victoria. She is the Special Projects Coordinator in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, where she works on the Open Knowledge Practicum and other initiatives. Working on plays and epic poetry of the English Renaissance, El Khatib’s research focuses on how space is represented in fictional and allegorical settings. She is the Managing Editor of Early Modern Digital Review.


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How to Cite

El Khatib, Randa. 2019. “Laying the Foundation for Community-Driven, Open Cultural Gazetteers”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 3 (1):21.



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