Geospatial Information Society Discussed about Mechanism of Standardization of Topographical Names


Malang, BIG Geospatial News - Geospatial Information Agency held a national seminar held in Malang on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. The seminar topic talk about Standardization of Topographical Names. Seminar officially opened by the Head of Border Mapping Center, Geospatial Information Agency, Tri Patmasari. The event itself was attended by around 75 people who were representatives of the Committee Standardizing Topographic naming from Province and Regency / City and also the national team of topographic name from 15 provinces such as Banten, West Java, DIY, Central Java, Central Kalimantan and so on.

In his speech, Tri Patmasari explained that one of the national team's work programs to standardise topographical names that will be held from 2015 to 2017 is to standardise the topographic names of human-made elements. "In 2015, standardisation will be focused on eight provinces in Indonesia, which is South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Central Kalimantan, Lampung, East Java, Bali and West Nusa Tenggara. Because of that, Geospatial Information held technical guidance in 4 days for The Committee for Standardizing Provincial and District / City Topographical Names in those eight provinces ", said Sari. Sari expected that the seminar held one day in Malang can provide an overview for the process of standardising topographical names of human-made elements, especially for participants who have not yet taken technical guidance on procedures of collecting data for human-made elements.

Nowadays there are many names of housing and buildings that use foreign names. Based on Law Number 24 of 2009 concerning Flags, Languages, National Symbols and National Anthems, stated that naming construction of buildings, settlements and so on requires using Bahasa Indonesian or Local Languages. Through the rapid development of information communication technology, topographical names have been used globally in online data systems. People can contribute in giving the name of a place in the world through various social media, such as facebook, twitter, and so on. Toponym roles are not for mapping only, but also related to economic aspects, socio-cultural, cultural preservation, realising administrative and other Area. "IG like maps requires accurate toponyms because a map without toponym is a blind map. For that, toponym must be standardised, "added Sari. Until now the number of islands that have been named and recorded is 13,466 islands. The policy of standardising topographical names that have become the commitment of the Indonesian government needs to be followed up by optimising the performance of the provincial and district/city National team standardised topographical names and committee for standardising topographical names,  Sari add.

Mulyono, a representative from Malang City Government, conveyed the importance of map and toponym returned to the archive document. It is valued from the archive documents of the City of Malang so that we can find out the starting point. we can know the history of the name during the colonial era. It becomes history and archives that are very important for toponym. Creating gazetteer becomes something fundamental. "How we collaborate not only produces maps, but also archives and others", he said.

The event continued with a presentation by the speakers, such as Ida Herliningsih from the Geospatial Information Agency. She was talking about topographical names as local assets. Continue with Tumpak H. Simanjuntak, Director of Toponym and Regional Border, Ministry of Internal Affairs providing material on National Policy Standardization of Topographical Names. Danoe Soeryamihadja from Geospatial Information Agency explained about Workflow of Standardized topographic Name and Rizka Windiastuti, Head of Toponym division, Geospatial Information Agency, talking about Mechanism of Implementation of Standardization of Topographical Names. Beny Suharsono, Head of Administration Bureau from Special Region of Yogyakarta explained about governor's regulation Special Region of Yogyakarta No. 39 of 2015 concerning Guidelines for naming human-made Elements Topographical Names.

During the question and answer session, participants proactively asked questions about various systematic and technical obstacles related to standardisation of toponyms in their respective regions. The participants were satisfied with the explanation from the speakers. It is expected that in the future participants who are representatives of the Provincial and Regency / City, Topographical Name Standards Committees, can play an active role in efforts to build a national toponym database as material for the preparation of national gazetteer containing topographical names that have been standardized both from the coordinate position and naming procedure with toponym rules. Participation of the government and community is crucial here in order to produce toponym and accurate and accountable data


source: BIG