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Greenland Place Names

Abdulhakim Abdi
This might be of interest to some on this list. The National Geospatial
Intelligence Agency of the US (NGIA) maintains a GEONet Names server
that has a comprehensive database of geographic names for practically
every geopolitical entity out there
(http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/namefiles.htm). The database is
geolocated and open-access. I have attached the complete file for
Greenland in XLS format. I've also attached a ArcGIS point shapefile of
the GLCR category for Greenland, it has 370 entries and will require
some cleaning up.

Regards,

Hakim

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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Earth Institute | Columbia University

Office:  +1 845 365 8468
Mobile: +1 747 224 7006
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Re: Greenland Place Names

Abdulhakim Abdi
I realized later that the list does not accept attachments, so I've put
the files up on a server:

http://www.geoinformatic.org/files/cryolist/GRN_GlaciersNoDuplicates.zip

http://www.geoinformatic.org/files/cryolist/GRN_Names.xls

Best,

Hakim Abdi


On 2/23/2012 5:33 PM, Abdulhakim Abdi wrote:

> This might be of interest to some on this list. The National
> Geospatial Intelligence Agency of the US (NGIA) maintains a GEONet
> Names server that has a comprehensive database of geographic names for
> practically every geopolitical entity out there
> (http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/namefiles.htm). The database is
> geolocated and open-access. I have attached the complete file for
> Greenland in XLS format. I've also attached a ArcGIS point shapefile
> of the GLCR category for Greenland, it has 370 entries and will
> require some cleaning up.
>
> Regards,
>
> Hakim
>

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Hakim Abdi, M.Sc.

Senior Staff Research Assistant/
Geographic Information Specialist

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Earth Institute | Columbia University

Office:  +1 845 365 8468
Mobile: +1 747 224 7006

http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/user/abdi

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Re: Greenland Place Names

Joseph Graly
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It's worth noting that the place names in the NGIA database have inconsistent Greenlandic orthography.  It seems about half use the Kleinschmidt orthography (standard from 1851-1973) and half use the modern orthography. 

I think we owe it to the Greenlanders to use the modern spelling of their place names.  If a place name uses a 'd', has any accents on the vowels, or uses 'g' or 'v' leading clusters of consonants, the old orthography is being employed and should be corrected . Unfortunately, I don't think there are necessarily uniform rules that can be applied without some knowledge of the language.  For certain place names, this resource may be of help: http://www.oqaasileriffik.gl/en/resources/greenlandicenglishdictionary

I would recommend that if you plan to publish a paper that references place names in the old orthography and you are uncertain of how to modernize the spelling, you contact the Greenland Language Secretariat.  One of their missions is to promote the use of Greenlandic place names, and they would probably be more than happy to help. Their web address is:  http://www.oqaasileriffik.gl/en/oqaasileriffik

Joseph Graly 

>I realized later that the list does not accept attachments, so I've put
>the files up on a server:

>http://www.geoinformatic.org/files/cryolist/GRN_GlaciersNoDuplicates.zip

>http://www.geoinformatic.org/files/cryolist/GRN_Names.xls

>Best,

>Hakim Abdi


>On 2/23/2012 5:33 PM, Abdulhakim Abdi wrote:
> This might be of interest to some on this list. The National
> Geospatial Intelligence Agency of the US (NGIA) maintains a GEONet
> Names server that has a comprehensive database of geographic names for
> practically every geopolitical entity out there
> (http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/namefiles.htm). The database is
> geolocated and open-access. I have attached the complete file for
> Greenland in XLS format. I've also attached a ArcGIS point shapefile
> of the GLCR category for Greenland, it has 370 entries and will
> require some cleaning up.
>
> Regards,
>
> Hakim
>
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