NameSampo: A linked open data infrastructure and workbench for toponomastic research

Esko Ikkala, Tiina Aalto, Jouni Tuominen, Terhi Ainiala, Eero Hyvönen, Jaakko Raunamaa, Helinä Uusitalo

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This paper presents a series of projects where one of the main sources for toponomastic research in Finland, the corpora of 2.7 million place names in the Names Archive database of the Institute for the Languages of Finland, was digitized, enriched, and published as Linked Open Data using a data processing pipeline. Utilizing the Linked Data infrastructure and various external data sources, a modern full-stack web application, NameSampo, was created in collaboration between toponomastic researchers and computer scientists for searching, analyzing, and visualizing digital toponomastic data sources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geospatial Humanities, GeoHumanities 2018
EditorsBruno Martins, Patricia Murrieta-Flores
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450360326
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geospatial Humanities - Seattle, United States
Duration: 6 Nov 2018 → …
Conference number: 2


WorkshopACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geospatial Humanities
Abbreviated titleGeoHumanities
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period06/11/2018 → …


  • Geographic Information Retrieval
  • Linked Data
  • Onomastics
  • RDF
  • Toponomastics
  • Toponyms


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