From today, new & updated toponym records will have Wikimapia links in addition to IndexMundi links. Users will probably find that IndexMundi remains the better tool for examining location, because the map has a pointer which remains invariant under zoom and translation operations. But Wikimapia will undoubtedly prove useful for those who wish to access third-party data. If you wish to use GPN location data (identified by * after the toponym in the IndexMundi header) to add to or modify Wikimapia, please acknlowledge GPN as the source by using the Library of Congress Cartographic Data Source Code ghpn in the Wikimapia description field, e.g. "Source: ghpn".
Ghana Place Names has been allocated a 'Cartographic Data Source Code' by the Network Development & MARC Standards Office of the U.S.Library of Congress in Technical Notice 140130.
For further information about MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging), see:
The code for Ghana Place Names is ghpn.
This is probably an appropriate place to outline the sources and procedures by which GPN locates places.
From 14 August 2013, all new & updated toponym records in the online database will have fields under the place name for heterographs and allonyms (see Glossary). Important variations (e.g. Awutu Bereku/Obutu) will all be listed on the regional sub-page, linking to a single toponym record.
The Tsoboi website, from which 27 toponym histories online were obtained, has been taken down, so the source URL links in the toponym records will now be dead. However the links still provide a way of listing all Tsoboi contributions. Just type 'Tsoboi' in the 'Search this site' field to list them.
Yesterday I attended a day conference at Birmingham University on the subject Going Local: African Texts and Cultures, and was privileged to be asked to present an account of Ghana Place Names. The conference program can be seen here: http://goinglocalconference.wordpress.com/programme/
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I have now updated The Database pages to show the new districts added in 2012. It has been difficult to obtain accurate information because not all online statements are consistent. Also there is apparently no information available about the new district boundaries, and a few of the new district capitals are not listed in town databases. It is therefore impossible at the moment to update individual toponym records which are affected. If any readers see errors in the information posted so far, please inform GPN at GhanaPlaNa@gmail.com.
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