The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
(abbreviated TGN or GTGN
) is a product of the J. Paul Getty Trust
included in the Getty Vocabulary Program
. The TGN includes names and associated information about places. Places in TGN include administrative political entities (e.g., cities, nations) and physical features (e.g., mountains, rivers). Current and historical places are included. Other information related to history, population, culture, art and architecture is included.
The resource is available to museums
, art libraries
, visual resource collection catalogers, bibliographic projects
through private license or available to members of the general public for free on the Getty Vocabulary website (see external links).
The Getty vocabulary databases (Art and Architecture Thesaurus
(AAT), Union List of Artist Names
(ULAN), and TGN
) are produced and maintained by the Getty Vocabulary Program. They are compliant with ISO and NISO standards for thesaurus construction. They contain terms, names, and other information about people, places, things, and concepts relating to art, architecture, and material culture.
The Getty vocabularies can be used in three ways: at the data entry stage, by catalogers or indexers who are describing works of art, architecture, material culture, archival materials, visual surrogates, or bibliographic materials; as knowledge bases, providing information for researchers; and as search assistants to enhance end-user access to online... Read More