[Requests] 120106 [WFS-Gaz-1.0.SWG] Gazetteer Best Practice Document_comments by UNGEGN WG TDFG

pier.zaccheddu at bkg.bund.de pier.zaccheddu at bkg.bund.de
Fri Jan 6 09:22:28 EST 2012

OGC 11 122r1, OGC Best Practices Document: Gazetteer Service -
Application Profile of the Web Feature Service Candidate Implementation



Dear Sir or Madam,


Please find attached some comments received from members of the Working
Group of Toponymic Data Files and Gazetteers of the United Nations Group
of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) until yesterday, January 5,
2012. The comments have been compiled according to the Comments
Template. Some UNGEGN WG TDFG members may have also upload their view
directly to the public review page.


Generally, some UNGEGN WG experts are not happy about keeping ISO 19112
in this updated WFS-G (Best Practice) document and by that keeping terms
like 'LocationInstances', 'geographicIdentifiers' etc. Concerns were
expressed e.g. within the EuroGeoNames project as well as - more
formerly - through the INSPIRE data specification process for
geographical names. A comprehensive names' concept relies on places,
names and spellings, with appropriate attributes for each, which is
applicable for gazetteer purposes, too. In any case, names databases and
gazetteers should be distinguished from each other. Gazetteers are only
one of many possible outcomes derived/produced from a (sometimes much
more complex) names database.


However, improvements in this OGC approach could be identified too, some
of them towards a more feature oriented and understandable concept of
modelling places with names as attributes to features in accordance with
the European INSPIRE outcome. 


With best regards

Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu 
Convenor of the Working Group on Toponymic Data Files
and Gazetteers of UNGEGN 
Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG)

Richard-Strauss-Allee 11, D-60598 Frankfurt am Main
phone: +49 (0)69 6333 305
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email: pier.zaccheddu at bkg.bund.de
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