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and region. There is also a browse feature which is helpful if you cannot remember how to spell a place name. Scope(Purpose, Coverage) The Gazetteer has an international focus. I tested it using my small home town (a village in Ontario) and a small village that I visisted in Iceland a few years ago – there were entries for both. Relation to similar works The Gazetteer does not have many competitors, but here in Canada we have access to the Canadian Geographical Names database provided Natural Resources Canada. For me, the Canadian Geographical Names database is where I would refer clients who are looking for Canadian information. There is a map available when you search and it gives you information about national historic sites; however if you wanted to know international information such as where else in the world is there a place named Banff the CGWO is the place to go. Figure 2. Comparsion screen caputres of Canadian Geographical Names database and CGWO. Retrieved from http://www.columbiagazetteer.org.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/main/Home.page and http://www4.rncan.gc.ca/search-place-names/search?lang=en If users are looking for US content an option could be the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) ; But users should be aware the if they are looking at the National Map of the US the name data might not match what is available in the GNIS as it is no longer being updated as of October 1, 2014 (U.S. Department of the Interior, 2014, October 10, para. 6) I think the closest competitor is the GEOnet names server (GNS) run by the US government. It contains similar information such as variant spelling of place names, latitude and longitude of places and a link to maps like Google Maps. One reason that the Columbia Gazetteer could be seen as a better resource is that the CGWO contains a small amount of information about the

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