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1 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Slide 1 EuroGeoNames (EGN) – developing a European geographical names infrastructure and services Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie Frankfurt am Main, Germany Preserving the past – Linking to the future

2 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Slide 2 … one name, or more? Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Geographical names have - a lot to do with multi-cultural aspects - a lot to do with multi-linguality - should have nothing to do with translation Berlin?... in South Africa?... in the USA?... or in Germany?

3 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Slide 3 Examples of exomyms used in various languages for the endonym “Aachen” Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus

4 Current linguistic minorities in Western Europe Map provided by F. Ormeling Language boundaries and state boundaries do not coincide => Multilingual areas and minorities

5 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Identified needs to set up a European geographical names infrastructure as expressed by EC services, translators and interpreters, tourism, news agencies, etc. Tasks to be solved - officially approved national names data (endonyms), - relating exonyms with official endonyms, and vice versa, - avoiding storage and maintenance of secondary data sets, - continuous updating of geographical names data by the countries themselves, - integrating names data into National Spatial Data Infrastructures (NSDI) and ESDI,

6 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Source: Inspire TF Scoping, Analysis of EU policies versus INSPIRE data components

7 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Slide 7 Resolution VIII / 6 Integration of Geographical Names Data into National and Regional Spatial Data Infrastructures The Conference, …. Recommends, that standardized geographical names data should be considered in the establishment of national and regional spatial data infrastructures and included in their constructions. Eighth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names, 2002 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus

8 Slide 8 Project EuroGeoNames (EGN) – Developing a European geographical names infrastructure and services based upon the decentralizedly kept and maintained national names data bases Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus The primary access to spatial information is via geographical names

9 Slide 9 Some official local names forms (endonyms) of the Danube river („Danube“ being an exonym) EGN will help to promote cultural diversity and multilingualism in Europe and provide a means by which users can search for geographical names spelt in their native language.

10 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus EuroGeoNames Consortium  Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG), Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Co-ordinator)  Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (BEV), Wien, Austria  Surveying and Mapping Authority of Slovenia (SMA), Slovenia  EuroGeographics Head Office (EGHO), Paris, France  Universiteit Utrecht, Geographic Department, The Netherlands  Edina National Data Centre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom  Geodan Holding, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  GeoTask, Dortmund, Germany  ESRI, Kranzberg, Germany Participants & roles

11 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus EGN Reference Group Participants & roles signed a ‘Declaration of Participation’ Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey

12 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus EGN Group of Interest OGC Europe, UNGEGN (United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names) and several divisions, ICA, Eurogi, DDGI (German umbrella organization for GI), GDI-DE (Secretariat of the German spatial data infrastructure), Imagi (Interministerial Committee for GI of the German Federation), AGISEE (Association for GI in South-East-Europe), National Geographic Germany, ICOS (International Commission of Onomastics Sciences), Westermann (German publishing house for school atlases), Ed. Hölzel (Austrian publishing house for school atlases), CartoTravel (German publishing house of GI products), EEA (European Environment Agency), PCGN (UK Permanent Committee on Geographical Names), StAGN (PCGN of German-speaking countries/regions), Greenland Language Secretariat (Oqaasileriffik), Bookings (Hotel reservation service, Amsterdam), AdV (Association of German survey administrations), Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (German National Library), Intergraph (Germany) Participants & roles signed a ‘Letter of Support’

13 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Concept - Spiral engineering process for

14 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus News agencies  EGN service to provide additional location based information EGN service integrated in a news portal as additional functionality e.g. search for geographical names and presentation of the geographic situation Needs & benefits – Examples (1)

15 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus International purchase of real estates with Internet property services Location based information on Pozzuolo, Toscana (IT) and its pronunciation, possibly directly from the Italian data repository!  EGN service to provide additional location based information Needs & benefits – Examples (2)

16 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Google Earth Application  EGN service to provide additional location based information EGN service integrated in the Google Earth portal as additional functionality e.g. provision of exonyms related to Milano Needs & benefits – Examples (3)

17 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Slide 17 Target users hotel reservation services; tourism private sector map and atlas producers cross border market analysis & asset management location based services (LBS) border crossing routing; transport and delivery service networks mass media (broadcast, TV) educational establishments, libraries emergency services; health and safety

18 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Summary of Benefits  Stimulating cooperation and a better integration of geographical names in a European SDI  Accessibility of geographical names (GN) and their related toponymic attributes (exonyms, language, scripts/diacritics etc.),  Continuous updating by the EU countries themselves, i.e. no secondary data sets,  Endonym as the primary entry,  Considering of approved minority language names,  Higher attractiveness of services / geoportals, multi-lingual graphic user interface,  Bringing in the knowledge of GN experts and consolidating existing networks (Inspire, EuroGeographics, UNGEGN, etc.).

19 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Slide 19 or via eng/03_projects_EuroGeo Names EuroGeoNames website:

20 Co-funded by the Community programme eContentplus Thank you for your attention Dr. Jörn Sievers Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu EuroGeoNames-Project Coordinator EuroGeoNames Project Manager Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG) Richard-Strauß-Allee 11 D Frankfurt am Main … we need good ideas and good cooperation!!!


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