Meeting of the working group on toponymic data files and gazetteers
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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At the seventeenth session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, the Convenor of the Working Group on Toponymic Data Files and Gazetteers observed that "... networks and the information highway (Internet) were rapidly changing the entire process of collection and exchange of [toponymic] information."1 The validity, indeed prescience, of the Convenor's remark is underscored by steps undertaken by the U.S Board on Geographic Names (US BGN), the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (CPCGN), and other normative bodies in their imaginative and beneficial application of communication tools made possible by the Internet. This report summarizes activity in this area by the Foreign Names Committee of the US BGN since the last session of UNGEGN.