Geographical Place

CIDOC-CRM class C13

What is a "Geographical Place" & how to use it

The class "Geographical Place" refers to portions of the surface of the Earth. This portions can be covered by water (river, sea…), forest or other land. The more specific identity of instances of this class is provided by a controlled vocabulary of "geographical place" types.
Examples of types of geographical places are:
  • country
  • region
  • city
  • village
  • lake

Add a Geographical place

Basics fields

Two fields are mandatory to add a Geographical Place :
  • Its naming, that can be associated with a time-span (it comes useful to refer, for example, to Byzantium, Constantinople or Istanbul)
  • and a short definition that allows other users (and even you) to understand what it is.
Hint: A lot of Geographical Place are already the Geovistory data-bank. Add and open existing Geographical Place in your Project easily by checking the list of suggested entities (screenshot below).
You can further describe your Geographical place by associating them with Geographical Place Types (country, city, village, etc.). In order to do this, the vocabulary must be set up in the Controlled Vocabularies settings.


Hint: If georeference data are filled in, then your Construction will appear on the map available in the analysis module.
By clicking on Advanced form, you will have access to some Specific Fields, such as the georeference. This is where you can give the GPS data of the Geographical Place (latitude and longitude) in a WGS84 format.
add GPS coordinates
entity card with coordinates
Important: If you re-use a Geographical Place already entered by another user, you will be able to retrieve the GPS coordinates if they have been recorded. A window suggesting you to add the Georeference will appear. You are free to use them or ignore them and create new coordinates.
suggested GPS coordinates for Berlin
You can activate profiles in order to make use of other classes of interest. The following profiles might be interesting to use in connection with geographical places:
Hint: Find here the complete list of available profiles.
Last modified 11mo ago