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John Small



Joined: 24/04/2008 10:48:17
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When I look at the data in alternatenames.txt I don't see data for some columns. From the description in readme.txt I'm expecting to see

alternateNameId
geonameid
isolanguage
alternate name
isPreferredName
isShortName

But for most records only alternateNameId , geonameid, alternate name have any data. The crucial field "isolanguage" is blank for most records, and without knowing the isolanguage it's hard to make use of the name. Why is this?

I just filter out the records without an isocode when I import the data.

John Small
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marc



Joined: 08/12/2005 07:39:47
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John

Unfortunately we have many alternate names where we don't know which language the name is in.

Marc

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