Thursday, July 8, 2010

Categorizing Place Names in the MAR

There are over 5,000 place names (alias names) in the MAR. Currently, these place names are uncategorized. Soon they will be categorized into such categories as:

  • APARTMENT BUILDING
  • BRIDGE
  • CONDO BUILDING
  • FIRE STATION
  • POLICE STATION
  • PUBLIC SCHOOL
  • HOTEL
  • RECREATION CENTER
  • MILITARY
  • HOSPITAL
  • UNIVERSITY
  • EMBASSY
  • etc.

The categorization of the place names will allow for one place name to be categorized in multiple categories. For example 'GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER' will be categorized into UNIVERSITY and HOTEL.

The benefits of categorizing the place names is two fold:

  • Allows MAR users to easily search a category of place names. (Before finding all hotel place names would be difficult as some hotels do NOT have the word HOTEL in their names such as 'GEORGETWON SUITES' or 'RIVER INN'
  • Allows the MAR Data Team to more easily keep the place names up to date as all place names in the same category can be update on a regular cycle.

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