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Welcome to GeoTWAIN 2.0!

GeoTWAIN provides facilitated, multilingual search of modern and historical place names with georeferenced presentation on a map and additional information on history, political structure and alternate spellings. Use the field on the right to find the place you’re looking for!

If you want to work with tables with several search terms, please use GeoTWAIN 1.1.

In addition, take a look at the stats page to see the recent searches and the most searched terms.

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smaller units (streets, city quarters etc.)

Search Statistics

Search Statistics

Some statistics on searches on GeoTWAIN:

Name of any related Administrative Division

Queries this month

Queries this year

Period

Version

Ascension

More Information

TESTWERT

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click to open

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Diego Garcia

Bailiwick of Guernsey

Guadeloupe

British Territories in the Indian Ocean

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

TESTWERT

Neutral Zone

Tristan da Cunha

French Southern and Antarctic Lands

Timor-leste

Timor-leste

United States Islands in the pacific Ocean

British Virgin Islands

Yugoslavia

Democratic Republic of the Congo, formaly Zaire

Jersey

Getty TGN

Geonames

Orbis Latinus

OSM Nominatim

Test

[Ancient World] Pleiades - A community-built gazetteer of ancient places (link)

[Test] Testsource with random hits

[Worldwide] Geonames.Org DB (link)

[Worldwide] Open Street Map Nominatim (link)

Ancient World

Custom

Default

Historic

Wikpedia

Nation

Population

API

404 Error / Loginpage

Functions

Login

[Worldwide] Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (R) (link)

[Worldwide] Yahoo Geocoding Service (link)

Time: existed/was called like this (from, to)

Timespaces (in words)

Pleiades

Description

Geographic Context

Link to Place on pleiades

Lookup in Print-Version of Orbis Latinus

hits

very close (about 100m)

broad (about 100km)

Very close (about 10km)

Define the Merging Distance for results. Default is about 40km.

Yahoo

Today

Queries today

very broad (about 500km)

GeoTWAIN{at}uni-hd.de

Philipp Franck

GeoTwain is a geocoder and facilitated search engine for (historic) place names, developed as part of RIgeo.net at Heidelberg University.

Gazetteer, historic place names, search engine

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News

Team

Admin

incorporated

Renamed

Incorporated as a village

[Latin] Orbis Latinus Database of latin placenames (link)

Page

Current Name

settled

Origin language of placename

Source

first post office

Category

ftype

historical

United Arab Emirates

Established

Incorp. as a village

Renamed

Organized

Incorp. as a city

Laid Out

Settled

Platted

Incorporated

Surveyed

Established

Platted

organized

Remarks

First Post Office

Origin of Place Name

Founded

German(ic) Place Names (by Stephan Fuchs)

[U.S.A.] German(ic) Place Names in the American Midwest (by Stephan Fuchs) (link)

Named

  • 17-1-17: Orbis Latinus Online is online again! Reconnection to GeoTwain will follow.
  • 20-4-15: New exclusive Datasource Added: German(ic) Place Names in the American Midwest by Stephan Fuchs. Read more..
  • 24-7-13: Critical Bug in OSM connection fixed. Many thanks to A.K.!
  • 12-7-13: Yahoo-Connection fixed
  • 7-9-13: Since Yahoo changed their API, GeoTwain currently shows some strange results when using yahoo as datasource. Will be fixed soon.
  • 7-18-13: Welcome to GeoTWAIN 2.0! This is a BETA version. If you find some bugs, please contact us!
  • Welcome to GeoTwain

    Manual

    What does GeoTwain do?

    GeoTWAIN is a free tool to transform a simple list (details) of place names into a beautiful interactive Map for Google Earth (a KML-File) in a fast and intuitive way.
    You upload a list of place names to GeoTWAIN like this:
    screenshot GE
    and get something like that:
    screenshot tabelle

    Which are the advantages of GeoTWAIN?

    In comparison with full-automatic tools like EathPoint, GeoTWAIN has strong advantages: It accomodates the fact, that on this earth most place names are used several times. If you use a place named Springfield for example, it will let you choose the meant one, by showing all Springfields on a map, and ensure on this way that the interactive map you get in the end shows really the places you want. GeoTWAIN uses three databases of place names from the web to find places with the given name, and compares and compiles the results in a unique way.
    In addition, GeoTWAIN has several tools to visalize further information in the resulting KML-File, for example a timeline, or some statistical data.
    screenshot GE

    How does it work?

    GeoTWAIN works in three simple Steps: 1. Upload your Data
    2. Step-by-step georeferencing of the place names
    3. Download the resulting KML
    It's that simple!

    If you have questions, want to report a bug, have a feature request or just want to thank us, don't hesitate to write us a email at geotwain(at)uni-hd.de.

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    Tonga (Tonga Islands)

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    Limit search to the Bounding Box given by the following Coordinates (in WGS 1984):

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    Geotwain is now searching for your locations in different databases by processing the table row by row. On the left side you can see the hits from the databases fitting to Your place name. Select the one, wich ich most likely the place you mean by pressing Accept.

    'Accept'- und 'Go To'-Button

    To accept one of the results simply press the 'accept'-button at the beginning of the respective result. Geotwain will process the query for the next table row.
    The 'Go To'-button adjusts the map area for the respecting result, and simultaneously opens its map information window. This information window also contains an 'Accept'-button.

    Marker setzen

    In addition to the place suggestions from the databases you have the possibility to manually set the position of the Placemark by clicking the Set Marker button. A marker appears in the middle of the map. Drag the marker to the desired position and accept it by clicking the Accept button at the bottom of the map. The actual coordinates of the marker are also displayed under the map area.
    By doing so, you can place the marker more precisely then by the coordinates supplied by the database if you have to mark a special place like, e.g. the railway station of a town. In this way, you have also the possibility to mark a place not found in the database, if you was able to figure out the coordinates or the position from another source, or by searching for different spellings using the manual search option.

    Skip

    With the Skip button at the top of the result area, you can jump to the next table row, if you are not able to define the right position of the location. A list of all skipped locations can be saved after all rows of the table have been processed.

    Rating the Hit

    In order to visualize the reliability of an accepted result, you can rate it by five stars shown at the top of the result area before you press the Accept button. This evaluation influences the transparency of the respective Marker in the Google Earth kml file.

    Your KML-File is ready. If you have the Google-Earth Plugin installed, you can watch it directly in your browser. You can the get thel Pkugin at Google.You can download your file also in order to watch in your local Google Earth installation.
    We provide some simple tools to work with your KML; cast them by clicking 'KML-Tools'.

    Download kml File:

    The xml structure of the kml file appears in a new browser window. Use the file save option of your browser to save the kml file on your desktop computer. Rename the file as desired and use the kml extension for the name. Now you can open the file in Goggle Earth. Apply the Back button of your browser to return to the Google Earth Api window and use the other KML Tools.

    Download csv File

    A comma delimited csv file appears in your browser, similar to the one you prepared for the data upload, with the difference that two new fields have been added to it: the geographical coordinate (latitude and the longitude) of the location. Save it, using the file save option of your browser.

    Count Locations

    By pressing this button identical locations are counted. A list of locations appears in the browser and after returning to the Google Earth Api window (Return Button) the sizes of the markers are recalculated according to the occurrence of identical locations.
    If the amount information was previously used to calculate the sizes of the markers, save the kml file before you proceed, in order to maintain a kml version with this size information.

    Extract skipped

    A list of all skipped locations appears in the browser window. You can save them as a csv file by using the File Save option of your browser.

    2flower

    Builds a special KML based on some statistics (using the description field) with the addon 2flower of the web service.
    Read more...

    start

    The Plugin 2flower makes it possible to visualize simple relations between places in your Kml. Sounds complicated? A short example will explain what is meant: Example: You want to make a map of travels of some persons. Put the persons name in the last column of your CSV-File (description).
    dataset
    If now you build a KML with GeoTWAIN out of this data, you have the problem, that each place is represented by just one marker – even if it's many times in the list. In this example Berlin is mentioned 9 times (line 1 to 7, 12 and 18), and attached to seven persons. Two persons are attached twice each to this place name. Simple single-colored marker weren't very usable in this context: Each marker would only be able to show one attached person (visitor), and the information about the rest was gone.
    But 2Flower can help! It visualizes all these circumstances like that in a simple icon: an icon. If your dataset is very large, it finds out the most important information by itself and unites it in a icon like this.
    After painting these icons, 2flower maps them on Google Earth. By this way, you can for example visualize influce spheres or whatever your dataset is about.
    kml

    Alternate names and spellings

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