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Crowdsourcing of Popular Toponyms: How to Collect and Preserve Toponyms in Spoken Use

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Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education, Technical University of Liberec, 461 17 Liberec, Czech Republic
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Department of Czech Language and Literature, Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education, Technical University of Liberec, 461 17 Liberec, Czech Republic
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(5), 303; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10050303
Received: 9 March 2021 / Revised: 26 April 2021 / Accepted: 2 May 2021 / Published: 5 May 2021
The article presents a process of collecting unstandardized toponyms, in particular urbanonyms (place names denoting objects located in the cadastre of the city), within the territory of two municipalities in the Czech Republic. The collecting process was performed in two phases by crowdsourcing, using a web map application created especially for this purpose. In the first phase (October 2019–September 2020) it was collecting as many unstandardized toponyms as possible. In the second phase (October 2020–January 2021) we focused on the degree of the knowledge of these toponyms among the population living within the studied territory. The interest on the side of the general public was surprising in both phases. In the first phase, over five hundred respondents submitted more than two and a half thousand place names, most of them during the first two weeks. More than nine hundred respondents actively participated in the second phase, thanks to which we received an average of 200 responses for each place name. As regards the motivation of the public, it was most often altruism, patriotism, and curiosity that stimulated them; in the second phase, the element of gamification, embedded into the map application, also had a positive effect. The collected data can be used, for instance, in the activities of local authorities in the process of standardization of place names or as reference data for maps used within the integrated rescue system. View Full-Text
Keywords: crowdsourcing; official toponyms; web map application; gamification; motivation; popular toponyms; urban toponyms; place names crowdsourcing; official toponyms; web map application; gamification; motivation; popular toponyms; urban toponyms; place names
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Vrbík, D.; Lábus, V. Crowdsourcing of Popular Toponyms: How to Collect and Preserve Toponyms in Spoken Use. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10, 303. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10050303

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Vrbík D, Lábus V. Crowdsourcing of Popular Toponyms: How to Collect and Preserve Toponyms in Spoken Use. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2021; 10(5):303. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10050303

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Vrbík, Daniel, and Václav Lábus. 2021. "Crowdsourcing of Popular Toponyms: How to Collect and Preserve Toponyms in Spoken Use" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 10, no. 5: 303. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10050303

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