Archive for August, 2008

No cities or roads in Israel?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

A visitor to recently informed us that there are no cities on WALS Online maps for Israel. As we currently depend on Google Maps for the base layers of the maps in WALS Online, there was not much we could do about it.

Last week other examples of countries with missing map data coverage in Google Maps made the news, and now it looks as if google is going to act.

Update: Google did act.

More References in the Database

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

You may have noticed that previously the linking from citations in feature descriptions to records in the reference database was not very comprehensive. Part of the reason for this poor linking was that the database did not contain references which are only cited in the chapter texts, but not for any single feature value.

Today we imported 371 new references and inserted more than 1000 new reference links in the feature descriptions. For an example, take a look at the description of feature 108, which got quite a few new links.

Since this process obviously had to be automatic, there’s still a chance for mistakes or oversights. So if you find citations which are not linked to the reference database or reference links which do not work, let us know.