The Working Group will assist the UNGEGN Bureau in co-operating with the UN GGIM committee in order to emphasize, promote and support UNGEGN tasks and activities;
The Working Group will monitor the availability of free and easily-accessible authorised digital geographical names data as it is seen as a key driver in encouraging the use of nationally-standardised names;
The Working Group will provide consultancy to the developments related to the UNGEGN database, UNECA “UNECA Africa GeoNyms database/gazetteer initiative”, the INSPIRE initiative, the EuroGeoNames project, UN gazetteer and projects of developing countries through toponymic training courses; in 2018 very likely to be conducted in the Phillipines;
The Working Group will expand the content of the Working Group website and promote it through the UNGEGN Information Bulletin, referencing recently presented documents and including information on data modeling and database design, on general issues in the context of data maintenance, production and distribution in the context of Spatial data infrastructures (SDIs);
The Working Group will maintain the online discussion forum as part of the Working Group website by utilizing Wiki functionality in order to investigate on issues and specific topics like e.g. volunteered geographic information and crowd sourced data;
The Working Group will consider a review of the content of Part II of the UNGEGN Technical Reference Manual and assist the UNGEGN secretariat with the publication of an amended version;
The Working Group will assist in raising awareness about the lack of availability of standardized names by participating and presenting toponymic data topics at national and international conferences organized in the fields of geospatial information management (comprising spatial data infrastructures), cartography and remote sensing;
The Working Group will arrange meetings, at least one between the two UNGEGN Sessions conducted in preparation of the respective UNCSGN.