Abstract: Nanjing has a long history and rich cultural resources. Its historical place names are widely used and have profound connotations. It is of great significance to studies of the urban development, history, culture and social customs. According to the list of historical place names published by The Committee of Nanjing Place Names, this article chooses the historical place names and classifies them by two methods. Referring to "Complete Collection of Nanjing Place Names", "Dictionary of Chinese Historical Place Names" and "Dictionary of Place Names in Ancient and Modern China", the study collects the data of place names. Based on the National Standard of Geographical Names Information Service, we expand the related information of historical place names and add fields, including place names, location description, related people etc. We add fields according to the keywords, organize the information of historical place names and build the dataset of Nanjing Historical Place Names List which contains 232 historical place name records and 13 fields. It is conducive to inheriting the historical place names culture and making rational use of the resources of historical place names. It also can be used for the research and application of historical changes and urban culture.
Keywords: historical place names; data sharing; place name culture; historical GIS