This page provides a tool that allows ‘fuzzy’ matches to be made with identified locations in eastern Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan. Given the numerous languages, dialects, and other attributes of the region, it is common for spellings of placenames to drift quite a bit. This tool makes use of the standard Levenshtein Distance algorithm to calculate the closest matches between an inputted word and a placename. Placenames for Darfur are provided by the US Government National Geospatial Intelligence Agency GEOnet Names Server and the UN Sudan Interagency Mapping. The coordinates provided in the output can be copied and pasted directly into Google Earth for visualization.
Note that the European Union provides a similar tool for the entire world called the Fuzzy Gazetteer. The tool provided on this page was quickly created to focus exclusively on Darfur rather than searching all of Sudan.
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Eastern Chad Matcher