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Adding geographic coordinates to millions of collection objectrecords.

Precise geographical information of collection objects is vitaly important for making collection material more accessible and usable for research. In the digitization streets at Naturalis, site information is verbatim registered. The usability and comparability of this data will be greatly enhanced if it is standardized by adding the corresponding geographic coordinates. Naturalis has therefore started a pilot project to find a large-scale approach to tackling this georeferencing issue.

Google Maps

Manually converting the site data of millions of objects into geographic coordinates is very time consuming. At Naturalis we have therefore looked for a way to automate this process. This has resulted in a procedure that uses the search power of Google Maps to convert a large portion of the digitized site data into reliable coordinates within a relatively short period of time.