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Naming style

Emergency naming style

  • Some emergencies names begin with year, some end with year, and some have no year. Let's settle on some style standards. Is year always necessary? Should year appear at the name end or name beginning? --jwalling 21:14, 5 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Events in New Zealand have shown the need for year.
  • I suggest the two letter country code be used as well.
  • examples:
    • 2011 NZ Christchurch Earthquake
    • 2010 US Gulf Oil Spill
    • 1859 UK Carrington Event
  • Locally I use a mission numbering system for documentation.. yyyymmddnnn --Kd6kxr 06:02, 23 February 2011 (UTC)
  • If a hurricane impacts two countries, would the "correct" emergency name(s) be:
2012 HT Hurricane Blitz + 2012 DO Hurricane Blitz
or 2012 HT-DO Hurricane Blitz (alpha order or chronological, spaces or hyphens) ?
Which 2 letter code? ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 ?
--jwalling 23:48, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Geographic naming style and conventions

For an introduction to this topic, check Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Naming conventions (geographic names). This is a good guide to organizing geographic information by country.


CW has deviated from the Wikipedia style guide, by using geographic codes in parentheses to disambiguate names.

The CW style makes geographic names easier to read when they are in long lists. Also, commas in names might confuse semantic web parsers (This point needs confirmation.)

Geographic levels

CW has 4 geographic levels: 1.Continent, 2.Form:Country, 3.Form:StateProvince, and 4.Form:City. Most countries do not follow this way of dividing geographic authority. For the USA, counties are entered with the City form. In some cases, it is useful to avoid the formal divisions and use the vernacular divisions. For example, the historic provinces of Ireland are not formal authorities, such as Connacht which is used as StateProvince. If 4 levels will not get the job done, a geographic category may be useful, e.g. Category:New England

Geographic Emergency Management Jurisdictions
  • The solution is some combination of global geography and localizing jurisdictional divisions.
  • The US emergency management structure is subdivided into Regions (ie Southwest), States (ie California), and Operational Areas (ie San Fransisco County).
  • Legal municipalities lie within the op areas. That can be "county, city" or "parish, town"
  • Every nation has it's own unique political structure for emergency management purposes. Kd6kxr 06:18, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

To do

  1. Move Naming style to a pending CrisisWiki:Manual of Style (see Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Manual of Style)
  2. Each country discussion page should have an overview of CW naming conventions, since each country has it's own unique naming needs that must be split between 3 artificial levels.

Revised by

First post --jwalling 22:38, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

--jwalling 23:03, 5 September 2010 (UTC)