This document provides the semantic definition for the GEDCOM X PlaceDescription data type for use in structured data (e.g. RDFa, Microdata, JSON-LD, etc.). This data type is specified by the GEDCOM X Conceptual Model.

This data type extends the data type.


A PlaceDescription is used to describe the details of a place in terms of its name and possibly its type, time period, and/or a geospatial description -- a description of a place as a snapshot in time.


property expected type description
Properties from PlaceDescription
name TextValue An ordered list of standardized (or normalized), fully-qualified (in terms of what is known of the applicable jurisdictional hierarchy) names for this place that are applicable to this description of this place. The list MUST include at least one value. It is RECOMMENDED that instances include a single name and any equivalents from other cultural contexts; name variants should more typically be described in separate PlaceDescription instances. The list is assumed to be given in order of preference, with the most preferred value in the first position in the list.
latitude double Degrees north or south of the Equator (0.0 degrees). Values range from −90.0 degrees (south) to 90.0 degrees (north).
longitude double Angular distance in degrees, relative to the Prime Meridian. Values range from −180.0 degrees (west of the Meridian) to 180.0 degrees (east of the Meridian).
place ResourceReference A reference to the place being described.
jurisdiction ResourceReference A reference to a description of the jurisdiction this place.
Properties from Subject
evidence EvidenceReference References to the evidence being referenced for this subject.
media SourceReference References to multimedia resources associated with this subject.
identifier Identifier The list of identifiers for the subject.
Properties from Conclusion
confidence ConfidenceLevel The level of confidence the contributor has about the data.
attribution Attribution Attribution metadata for a conclusion.
source SourceReference The source references for a conclusion.
note Note Notes about a person.