The Government of the Republic of Croatia has appointed the Commission for the Standardization of Geographical Names

Pursuant to the Law on State Survey and Real Estate Cadaster (NN 112/18), the Government of the Republic of Croatia has appointed the Commission for the Standardization of Geographical Names.

The purpose of the Commission is to monitor the implementation of settlement regulations and their application in geographic names, to revise the toponyms and, if necessary, to establish new ones, to establish the principles of writing and using foreign geographic names for application in education, science, diplomacy and to provide suggestions and recommendations for geographic name standardization in the Republic of Croatia and foreign geographic names standardization, to make recommendations on improving of the Register of Geographical Names and to participate in the work of international organizations dealing with geographical names.

On March 28, 2019, the Government appointed the Commission for Standardization of Geographical Names for the period of four years.

Mr. Damir Šantek, PhD, director of the State Geodetic Administration, which is the central state administration body responsible for the Register of geographical names, was appointed as the president of the commission.

Other members appointed are Mrs. Tea Lončar, PhD, representative of the central state administration body for foreign affairs, Mrs. Dubravka Đurić Nemec, representative of the central state administration body for cultural heritage, Mrs. Antonija Nemet, representative of the central state administration body for science and education, Mr. Pejo Bročić  from Croatian Hydrographic Institute, Mrs. Goranka Blagus Bartolec, PhD  from the Institute for Croatian Language and Linguistics, Mrs. Ivana Horbec, PhD from Croatian Institute of History, prof. Stanislav Frangeš, PhD, from Croatian Cartographic Society, prof. Mr. Aleksandar Toskić, PhD from Croatian Geographical Society, prof. Ivana Crljenko from the Lexicographic Institute Miroslav Krleža and doc. Helena Pavletić, PhD and prof. Josip Faričić, PhD, representatives of universities dealing with education and research of geographic names.

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1st Session of the UNGEGN in New York 29th April to 3rd May 2019

1st Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names will be held from 29th April to 3rd May 2019 in New York.

The Session aims to increase awareness of geographical names standardization, share the benefits that names provide in national economies and highlight its role in preserving cultural heritage.

The Session will represent national and international geographic name standardization. The Session will also promote the international dissemination of information on national standardized geographic names and the adoption of unique Romanization systems for the conversion of any non-Roman script into the Roman alphabet.

A short side meeting of the East Central and South-East Europe Division will be held on 1 May, 2019. At the meeting the national reports of Member States on activities in the area of ​​standardization of geographical names will be presented.

More information on the session and session documents are available at: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/ungegn/docs/1st-session/1st-session-SideEvents-calendar.html.

22nd meeting of the East Central and South-East Europe Division of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names

22nd meeting of the East Central and South-East Europe Division of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia on 13 February 2019. The meeting will be held in the premises of Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre Authority of the Slovak Republic.
The meeting is organized in five sessions. Except opening and clossing session, one session will be dedicated to national reports and two sessions will be dedicatied to special presentations and practical use of geonames. Countries that will present their national reports on the meeting are Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, Czechia an Slovenia.
More information about the meeting is available on the home page of Division http://ecseed.zrc-sazu.si/Home.aspx.

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Eleventh United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names

The Eleventh United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names was held at United Nations Headquarters from 8 to 17 August 2017, in accordance with Economic and Social Council decision 2016/259. The Conference was attended by 278 participants. from 66 countries.

More about the conferences can be found at UN’s official web site: Report of The Conference.

 

Register of geographic names published on European Data Portal

The European Data Portal harvests the metadata of Public Sector Information available on public data portals across European countries.

Portals can be national, regional, local or domain specific. They cover the 28 EU Member States, EEA, countries involved in the EU’s neighbourhood policy and Switzerland.

Information regarding the provision of data and the benefits of re-using data is also included.

Currently, the European portal published 592.470 sets of data, including Register of geographic names.

50th UNGEGN Information Bulletin published

United Nations Expert Group on Geographical Names twice a year, since 1988, issues the UNGEGN Information Bulletin. Bulletin serves for sharing knowledge globally on the standardization of geographical names and contains interesting articles and papers, reports of the working groups, the implementation process of their activities as well as current issues in the field of geographical names.

In June 2016, 50th Information Bulletin was published under the theme “Exonyms -standard or standardization”. In addition to articles on this subject, the Bulletin contains divisional reports, reports from working groups of UNGEGN, MemberState papers and information on upcoming events. In this Bulletin, among other things, we can find article of Mrs. Ivana Crljenko from The Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography entitled: Dealing with Exonyms in Croatia. Bulletin can be downloaded at the following link.

29th Session of the UNGEGN

From 25 to 29 April 2016, 29th session of the UNGEGN (United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names) was held in Bangkok, Thailand. 29th Session of the UNGEGN, which was attended by 180 representatives, presented reports on the work of the United Nations Expert Group on Geographical Names, the activities of the working groups, issues that experts meet, as well as guidelines for their resolution.

The 30th Session of the UNGEGN shall be held on 7 and 18 August 2017 in New York, USA, while the 11th United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names shall also be held in New York from 8 to 17 August 2017.

More information on the 29th session of UNGEGN can be found on the following link.

Redesign of the web page of the Gazetteer of Geographical Names

With the aim of intuitive and simple access to the required contents, the web page dedicated to the Croatian Gazetteer of Geographical Names is restored. The site is restructured and redesigned. Also, to access the network services of the Gazetteer of Geographical Names, Terms of use were introduced which the users have to accept if they want to access the data.

The website continues to follow the issue of geographical names, both at the global, regional and national level.