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Well-defined Place Names as a basis for efficiency

Jens Bo Rykov

(Submission #261)


One of INSPIRE's main reference datasets - Geographical Names - are widely used in the general communications on natural and man-made objects in the real world. Geographical Names are often linked to other themes of INSPIRE, such as administrative units, addresses, elements of hydrography (lakes, rivers etc.) are usually referred to by their Geographical names.

Place names have traditionally been used in community to communicate events and activities between citizens – like; let´s meet by The Large Stone and so on. Typically, the names are related to other names like close to or far from another name.

We all use place names today whether listening to the News, talking about events or venues or when we are in need of assistance due to an accident. Each person perceives place names as well-defined and as an absolute “size”. When I hear the name, La Rambla in Barcelona, I get a picture in my mind of size and relations to other names fx Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. I tend to think that my picture is the right and only one. And it is far from the case! This can lead to fatal misunderstandings for instance in communication between me and the Emergency Central.

Standardized and clearly defined place names holds a great potential as a main reference data set – in daily administration and communication to and from the Public sector and as a vital instrument in getting emergency to the right spot in time.

The Danish Government and Danish Regions launched the Basic-Data Program in

2012. This means that data is standardized so it can be combined and used coherently across administrative and sector borders. Along with the combining of registers, the quality of data is improved and new data is added.

The Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency (SDFE) is part of the program as register owner for a number of registers such as Addresses, Administrative Units and Place Names (Geographical Names).

All place names have a unique ID, a feature type and geometry. That makes place names important as basis for all authorities and citizens as a common basis for decisions.

In my presentation I will show the development regarding Place -Names from maps over digital information to Place -Names as an instrument to making order in data from different authorities and hence increase the range of use possibilities.


Topic Area:  [2.8] INSPIRE and the European Interoperability Framework
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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Comments:   Geographical Names Efficiency Combining of registers

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