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This discussion forum shall be utilized to commence investigations on the following issues within UNGEGN.

Therefore, separate Wiki “rooms” / pages for these specific topics have been created and initial documents are uploaded to it.

Registered members will be able to start to comment on the initial documents and extend the content of the Wiki “rooms” / pages respectively.

For more information about how to deal with the discussion forum, please check the 'Getting Started - Rules for participants'. If you have any questions please contact the convenor of the WG.

Topic 1 - volunteered geographic information (VGI)/crowd-sourcing

F1.1 General discussion

F1.1-Q1: How are the crowd-sourced data being collected and processed in your institution/organization?

F1.1-Q2: How willing is the public to be involved in such a project and how is data provision encouraged?

F1.1-Q3: How can we as national place-names authorities “control” the information we get through this new method of field collection and how can we use it in our official maps?

F1.2 Reliability

F1.2-Q1: Is the information received considered to be reliable and what are the main methods of quality control?

F1.2-Q2: What types of problems does this VGI data pose to your organisation?

F1.2-Q3: Have you developed any rules for using it?

Forum 2 - definitions for gazetteers and data types 

F2.1 Definition and content of gazetteers

F2.1-Q1: What is your understanding about the term 'gazetteer'?

F2.1-Q2: How many faces have got your 'gazetteers' in your country/Institution?  

F2.2 Differences between data types

F2.2-Q1: What indications for data types are provided through your spatial data sets?

F2.2-Q2: Have users provided you with any problems / difficulties / concerns using these data types?

F2.2-Q3: What is your opinion regarding the initial definitions, placed in the table above (at F 2.2.)? Have you any additions, or otheer proposals? Questions? 

Forum 3 - general feature types/categories 

F3.1 General discussion

F3.1-Q1: What are the biggest challenges in developing global classifications with respect to different feature aspects?

F3.1-Q2: With regard to feature identity and classification, how do named features (e.g. in gazetteers) differ from spatial objects in general (e.g. in GISs)?

F3.1-Q3: Who should be in charge of the development and hosting of a possible new global feature classification and which procedures should be followed in the development?

F3.1-Q4: Do you have general or other questions or comments to this sub-site General discussion?

F3.2 Requirements and use cases

F3.2-Q1: Can you list or describe use cases for an appropriate global classification for named features?

F3.2-Q2: What are the most important requirements for global feature classifications?

F3.2-Q3: There may be different requirements for different use cases. How should this be solved?

F3.2-Q4: Do you know good practices or have a proposal for a global feature classification that would meet (at least partly) the given requirements?

F3.2-Q5: Do you have general or other questions or comments to this sub-site Requirements and use cases?

F3.3 Reference materials and classifications

Forum 4 has been introduced in preparation of the 11th UNCSGN in May 2017: 

Forum 4 - UNGEGN-UNGGIM relationship

F4-Q1: How can we generally make better linkages between UNGEGN’s work and UN-GGIM’s activities (WG on Fundamental Data Themes)?

F4-Q2: How can we better promote and make aware of non-technical issues like language, romanization, cultural heritage etc. to UN-GGIM’ activities (WG on Fundamental Data Themes)?

Forum 5 has been introduced after the 11th UNCSGN in November 2017: 

Forum 5 - Support of UNGEGN to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicator framework

 F5-Q1:  How do geographical names data and gazetteers fit within the big picture of the SDGs? Are the issues related to production or accessibility?  

 F5-Q2: Is toponymic information like language, status of a name/language, etc. needed for all SDG indicators where geospatial data is needed?

 F5-Q3: What is UNGEGN’s contribution to this overall UN/DESA - ECOSOC work program - 2030 Agenda – leaving no one behind?     

Forum 6 has been introduced after the UNGEGN first session in April/May 2019:

Forum 6 - Linked Data

Linked Open Data (LOD) is a set of design principles for sharing machine-readable interlinked data on the Web. Linking data has the power to greatly improve analysis and understanding of data, and this is increasingly recognised at national and international levels.

Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu

Convenor of the Working Group on Toponymic Data Files and Gazetteers of UNGEGN
email:  pier-giorgio.zaccheddu[at]

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  1. Great! Thank you Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu for setting up an account for me. This is to acknowledge that I'm in. Looking forward to learning more in this discussion forum..