Accession Number : ADA181276

Title :   Collecting Requirements for an International Geographic Names Processing System

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL OCEAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS

Personal Author(s) : Langran, Gail

PDF Url : ADA181276

Report Date : Oct 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : The Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) is responsible for collecting and maintaining a correct file of geographic placenames worldwide to support a variety of U.S government activities. All placenames must be documented with an array of data that includes feature type, position, and possibly some feature attributes; all names previously or currently associated with the feature; reference sources used to acquire the names data ; and information concerning the Board on Geographic Names' Foreign Names Committee ruling on the features's names. Currently, all such data is recorded on approximately 4.5 million paper index cards via pen, pencile, or typewriter. DMA plans to augment the card file with a digital geographic names data base. Working with placenames data in a digital environment, however, means that hardware and software must be available to enter, view, edit, and print the diacritics and special symbols used in foreign text. Lack of such hardware and software has been a major stumbling block in establishing an operational digital data base for DMA's toponymic use. This report describes the needs, uses, interfaces, and data characteristics of digital geographic names processing system (GNPS) for DMA. The GNPS will manage a names data base and provide software for foreign text processing.

Descriptors :   *DATA PROCESSING, *WORDS(LANGUAGE), ALPHANUMERIC DATA, CARDS, COMPUTER FILES, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA BASES, FOREIGN, GLOBAL, PROCESSING, SOURCES, SYMBOLS, TEXT PROCESSING

Subject Categories : Cartography and Aerial Photography
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE