Within the 10th UNCSGN (conference and side events) three new tasks/issues have been proposed to be added to the “Scope of work” and to the “Work plan” of the WG TDFG respectively:
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-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?
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?
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:
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:
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?
This discussion forum shall be utilized to commence investigations on these issues mentioned before within the WG TDFG.
Therefore, separate Wiki “rooms” / pages for these specific topics have been created and initial documents were uploaded to it.
Please be aware that you can see/view all content of the online discussion forum even without being registered. Registered members will be able to start to comment on the initial documents and extend the content of the Wiki “rooms” / pages respectively.
It is obvious that tackling these new and quite complex issues needs a strong support and contributions by the WG members. Volunteers from the WG are most welcome to provide content and initial documents, besides the C.P.s submitted within the 10th UNCSGN. If WG members or other UNGEGN experts are interested in contributing to these issues, please contact the convenor of the WG.
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Convenor of the Working Group on Toponymic Data Files and Gazetteers of UNGEGN