The Fuzzy Gazetteer
allows users to find geographic features without knowing the correct spelling. Typing in a name will list a number of similarly spelled names with latitude and longitude values. The names database it searches is world wide and includes more than 7,000,000 names. The user can specify the level of fuzziness allowed in the search. Each name is hotlinked to a map from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre Digital Atlas
Sadly, the map doesn’t seem to zoom to the point of interest but the atlas is interesting enough on its own. The atlas seems to function better in IE than in Firefox. A number of thematic layers are available for viewing and includes in the functions are a couple of buttons that will take the user to the same location in NASA’s World Wind
and Google Earth
(provided that they are installed).
By way of Connotea