World Historical Gazetteer (المعجم التاريخي للعالم)

World Historical Gazetteer records modern historical place names worldwide and displays them on a map viewer. The project is currently at a beta stage, but it is possible for individuals and institutions to contribute by registering on the website and uploading their own datasets of place names, that will be reconciled with modern placename authorities (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) and Wikidata).

License: Content in the WHG Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license; External linked content copyright and licenses of the contributor; Source code GNU General Public License 3.0. See

External API available but in draft stage (

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Additional Info

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Author Ruth Mostern
Last Updated February 19, 2021, 17:20 (GMT)
Created April 1, 2020, 09:42 (BST)
Project URL
Project principal and co-investigators

Ruth Mostern

Project team

Karl Grossner, Technical Director

Susan Grunewald, Postdoctoral Fellow

Ryan Horne, Associate, former Postdoctoral Fellow

Patrick Manning, Project Consultant

David Ruvolo, Project Manager

Project start date 2017-01-01
Project end date 2020-12-31
Project status Ongoing
Project funder

Preservation Access grant from the US National Endowment for the Humanities (2017-2020, PW‑253719‑17)

In-kind contributions from the University of Pittsburgh World History Center

Citation information

Mostern R. et al. (n.d.), World Historical Gazetteer, (Last accessed 01/04/2020)

Time Periods Period Unknown or Unspecified, Modern
Data type Images Map, Databases