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2009 Geographic Names Conference

Del 08/09/2009 al 12/09/2009

The Council Of Gepgraphic Names Authorities prepara per al mes de setembre d’enguany la Geographic Names Conference a Charleston (South Carolina).,_sc.htm
Tuesday, September 8        
10:00–5:00     Registration in hotel lobby
3:00–5:00   Meeting of Southeastern Geographic Names Boards.  Participants include North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and South Carolina  [all participants are tentative]6:00–8:00  Reception (drinks and light refreshments).  Welcome by Joe Riley, Mayor of Charleston [tentative]DINNER ON YOUR OWN

Wednesday, September 9
7:30–noon    Registration
8:30–9:00     Welcome by Roger Payne and Tom Gasque, conference co-hosts
9:00–10:00   Keynote Address: South Carolina Past and Present [working title], Rodger Stroup, Director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History Emeritus.
10:00–10:30   BREAK
10:30–noon    Monthly meeting of the Domestic Names Committee of the U. S. Board on Geographic Names (USBGN/DNC), Curt Loy, Chair
Noon–1:30     LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:30–3:00     USBGN/DNC meeting continued
3:00–3:30     BREAK
3:30–5:00     USBGN/DNC meeting continued

Thursday, September 10
8:30–10:00   Reports by State Names Authorities
10:00–10:30   BREAK
10:30–noon    State/Federal Roundtable.  Moderated by Tom Gasque & Rodger StroupThe State/Federal Roundtable is the name that has evolved for this very important session.  It represents the reason that the first Inter-Mountain States Geographic Names Conferencewas held, which at that time was specifically to discuss problems of procedure, policy, and application between the various State Names Authorities in the Rocky Mountain region and the United States Board on Geographic Names.  Over the years with the expansion of COGNA and the nature of toponymic problems relating to applied topoymy, this session still includes topics related to the original concept, but has expanded to include any geographic names problem related to matters of procedure, policy, and application.  Thirty-two years later this session should be considered the most important session of the conference.  Topics are often linked to the Principles, Policies, and Procedures but consideration should be much broader with subjects for GNIS and other matters of applied toponymy that delegates and attendees would deem of interest or useful to conference attendees.
Noon–1:30     LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:30–3:00     COGNA Business Meeting.  Open to all, but only one representative from each state may vote.
3:00–3:30     BREAK
3:30–5:00     The Doctor is In: an opportunity for State Names Authorities to discuss issues individually with BGN staff members 

Friday, September 11
8:30–9:15    Celebrating 125 Years of Topographic Maps, Mark Demulder, U.S. Geological Survey
9:15-10:00   Virtual Globes: Google Earth vs. ArcGIS Explorer, Doug Vandegraft, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Abstract:  Virtual globes provide the professional Geographer or Cartographer, as well as the public, a quick and easy way to view and map our planet.  In this presentation, the Chief Cartographer for the US Fish and Wildlife Service analyzes and compares two of the most popular virtual globes available.
10:00–10:30    BREAK
10:30–11:15    Digitizing the Board on Geographic Names Records for Online Access, Greg Allord
11:15–Noon    Enhancing Louisiana’s GNIS, an Outreach Effort Between USGS and the Louisiana Geographic Information Center, Craig Johnson    Over the last two years, Craig Johnson, Director of the Louisiana Geographic Information Center, has promoted the use of the GNIS in Louisiana with assistance from Chris Cretini, the USGS Liaison in Louisiana, by providing 12 GNIS workshops throughout the State.    The plan was simple; enlist the help of local governments in maintaining the Geographic Names Layer by “deputizing” locals after they have attended a three hour training workshop and hands on exercises using the GNIS.  Local government employees, primarily Communication District and Emergency Preparedness officials, were sent a spreadsheet containing a list of all the Geographic Names, listed in the GNIS, within their jurisdiction.  They had two weeks to look over the list before the workshop began and not any incorrect names, misspellings, missing information etc.  They brought the corrected lists with them to the class and these examples were used to demonstrate how to edit and add new data to the GNIS.    One unexpected benefit of the workshops was the discovery of GNIS by the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), which realized that the GNIS was an ideal tool for preserving historic French names in Louisiana.  USGS and LAGIC, are now working with CODOFIL to document French place names throughout the French speaking areas of Louisiana.
Noon–1:30      LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:30–2:00      Names and Naming in South Carolina, Tom Gasque, University of South Dakota, Emeritus
2:00–2:45     Native American Names in South Carolina, Chris Judge, University of South Carolina–Lancaster
2:45–3:15     BREAK
3:15–4:00     Gullah Culture and Names, Veronica Gerald, Coastal Carolina University
4:00–4:45     French Names around Port Royal, André Lapierre, University of Ottawa, Canada
4:45–5:00     Wrap-up
6:00–7:00     Reception (tickets required)
7:00–9:00     Annual Banquet.  Guest Speaker: Robert Rosen, Charleston Historian

Saturday, September 12:  Toponymic Tour, led by Rodger Stroup
8:00      Depart from hotel
12:00    Lunch
5:00      Return to hotel

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