Interest Group of the
called The Placename Survey
of the United States (PLANSUS)
Goal, Objectives, and Organization
The Toponymy Interest Group,
referred to as TIG, is an arm of the American Name Society created to promote
the collection, study, and dissemination of placename information and methods.
The Toponymy Interest Group seeks to help new researchers and to
inform all researchers on current methods and progress of placename research worldwide.
The following objectives are under development; please click the highlighted text to
review our progress.
To make available common
standards for form and accuracy in the recording of placename information.
To make available the United Nations glossary of terms
used in placename study.
To sponsor panels and other forums at meetings where
commercial developers, university professors, private researchers, and representatives
from government agencies (local, state, federal, and international) can present
information and discuss mutual interests.
To send out calls for papers and announcements of meetings
and to post these announcements electronically as they become available.
To encourage members to subscribe to the ANS listserve
where they are able to share their research problems, issues, and thoughts with others.
To list various web sites of placename data on its
To develop an online bibliography of placename research.
- Membership is open to all participating members
of the American Name Society. There are no dues beyond those for the American Name
- Business meetings are held at least once a year
in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Name Society.
- Officers are elected every three years at an
annual meeting of the American Name Society. The last election was held in December,
The current officers are:
- Grant W. Smith,
Chair. The primary duty of the Chair is to organize meetings in consultation with the
membership. (Dr. Smith's Photo)
- Roger Payne,
Vice Chair. The primary duty of the Vice Chair is to assist the Chair. The
Vice Chair also acts for the Chair when so designated by the Chair or when the Chair is
Kerfoot, Secretary. The primary duty of the Secretary is to maintain records.
F. McGoff, is the Manager of this homepage.
Interest Group last met in Baltimore in July of 2002 at the annual meeting of
the Council of Geographic Names Authorities (COGNA). The meeting was
sponsored by the Board on Geographic Names of the United States Geological
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