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Getty Thesaurus of Geographical Names

“Contains around 900,000 records, including 1.2 million names, place types, coordinates, and descriptive notes. TGN focuses on places important for the study of art and architecture, including current and historical nations, cities, archaeological sites, and physical features.”

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XML UTF-8 and relational tables
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Scope and Usage
“The ... Getty vocabularies are intended to provide terminology and other information about the objects, artists, concepts, and places important to various disciplines that specialize in art, architecture and material culture.”
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“The primary users of the Getty vocabularies include museums, art libraries, archives, visual resource collection catalogers, bibliographic projects concerned with art, researchers in art and art history, and the information specialists who are dealing with the needs of these users. In addition, a significant number of users of the Getty vocabularies are students or members of the general public.”

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Terms and Conditions
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"Companies and institutions interested in regular or extensive use of the Getty vocabularies should explore licensing options by sending an email to"

Vocabulary provider name: 
The Getty Vocabulary Program, The J. Paul Getty Trust
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