The Balearic Islands already have the first Geographic Nomenclature with more than 54,000 toponyms that can be consulted through the IDEIB. The complete catalog contains information on the location, the type of geographic entity and other complementary information that unequivocally identifies the place names. This new viewer incorporates a series of tools that have been expressly developed by SITIBSA (Servei d’Informació Territorial de les Illes Balears) to facilitate maintenance, updating and access to data.
In the presentation, the Minister of the Environment and Territories, Miquel Mir, thanked SITIBSA and the Balearic Toponymy Commission for the work done and stressed the importance of “having homogenized and standardized information on the place names of our islands, which at the end of the day are the basis for the representation of the territory in all its areas”.
“The fundamental contribution of the tasks we have carried out has been to review the location and typology of the 54,000 place names that make up the database and add all the information that was lacking to the rest of the fields”, added the general director of Territori i Paisatge, Maria Magdalena Pons.
To standardize the available toponymic data, SITIBSA has worked on the unification of the existing information, making it operable from the INSPIRO implementation lines, the European project that responds to the standardization of geographical names.
This new tool is co-financed by the Operational Program of European Regional Development Funds (FEDERO) 2014-2020 of the Balearic Islands.