PCPN - Strategic Directions

The mission of PCPN is to:

‘As the national focus group, to coordinate and communicate the consistent use of geographic place names, to meet community requirements.’

PCPN’s Terms of Reference

Without limiting its scope PCPN is to:

  1. Promote a greater community awareness of geographical names
  2. Develop and promote national guidelines for geographical names
  3. Promote the use of correct names by map, chart and electronic application producers
  4. Support the maintenance and development of jurisdictional and national gazetteers; and SCAR, CGA & SCUFN*
  5. Support initiatives for the appropriate use and preservation of geographical names, and for the recognition of their heritage and cultural importance
  6. Support the United Nation Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) and its initiatives

      * SCAR: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
        CGA: Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica
        SCUFN: Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names

PCPN will:

  1. Develop and encourage the addition of, a national ASDI compliant Data Model for Geographic place names.
  2. Utilise Internet web sites as a prime mechanism for the (two way) sharing of information about geographic place names.
  3. Develop and deliver an educational program to promote the significance of geographic place names in the community.
  4. Develop and promote the adoption of National standards for the naming of geographic place names.

PCPN goals include the following:

  • increase the level of community awareness of geographic names
  • Develop and deliver an educational program to promote the significance of geographic place names in the community
  • Develop National guidelines for geographic place names
  • Promote the National guidelines for geographic place names to each jurisdiction
  • Work is progressing on developing guidelines for:
    • Dual Naming
    • Second Level Domain Names (2LD)
    • Trade Marking
    • Defining a feature's extent
  • PCPN Forward Program

  • PCPN will continue to broaden the recognition base for its role as the Australian New Zealand focus group on geographic place name issues.
  • Encourage users to adopt correct names in map production and spatial databases and promote the use of correct names by Map/Spatial database producers
  • Adopt the national ASDI compliant Data Model for geographic place names