We often use informal place names in everyday conversation to describe a location or to give directions on how to get somewhere. Not so with public information systems which require administrative place names to successfully associate search queries with Edinburgh, Torbay and Cardiff, Caroline Street (our examples above).
Our research is an effort to collect and represent informal place names to improve information systems that are currently only based on administrative place names.
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Try our other tools and contribute to a vernacular place name corpus of the UK. See how your neighbours voted on a map with displayed results or discuss vernacular place names in our forum, look at photos around your place or use our search facilities.
People's Place Names
The aim of People's Place Names is to collect place names as used in everyday communication. Currently these names are not available to search engines and digital mapping services. Maps with your place names can improve the response time of ambulances, or help to find a restaurant in an unknown 'city centre'.