Geocoding and Mapping Historical Places

By: Yuying Yuan

For researchers who study history, historical geography or other relevant academic fields, there may be some cases when they have a large number of data of historical places but cannot make the most use of them due to lack of efficient integration method. This blog will give an example of how to use computer techniques to assist historical research. More specifically, as is shown in the title, it is about geocoding historical Chinese place names using Python and mapping them as well as doing relevant analysis with GIS. Although the example here only includes place names in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 to AD 907) in China, the whole workflow provides a general method to build historical geographical database based on historical documents and other online or offline data sources.

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