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What's New?

  • The GeoNames Pre-Positioned Country Files, both the separate and the combined, now include additional breakdown of content by Feature Classification (FC) values (September 2014 - September 2014 Prepositioned Country File format)


  • The GeoNames Pre-Positioned Country Files, both the separate and the combined, now include an additional field at the end which provides the modify date on the name (September 2014 - Pre-Positioned Country files format)


  • In an effort to streamline performance and lessen redundancy, many of the feature designations in GNS have been merged or migrated. Many of the codes that referred to singular and plural instances of similar feature types have been combined (e.g. stream/streams, farm/farms, etc.) (September 2014)


  • Update 17 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (Formerly FIPS PUB 10-4) has been posted (September 2014 - Country Codes)


  • Update 16 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (Formerly FIPS PUB 10-4) has been posted (June 2014 - Country Codes)


  • Update 15 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (Formerly FIPS PUB 10-4) has been posted (March 2014 - Country Codes)


  • Update 14 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (Formerly FIPS PUB 10-4) has been posted (December 2013 - Country Codes)


  • A new Geographic Names Standardization Policy has been posted for Turkey (December 2013 - Country Policy)


  • The name of the country Cape Verde is now Cabo Verde. This change was approved on 9 December 2013 by the US Board on Geographic Names' Foreign Names Committee.


  • You are now able to embed a simple GNS search function on your website. Or, the provided HTML can be used as a stand-alone webpage (October 2013 - GNS Offered Services)


What's Coming?

  • NGA will discontinue public maintenance of Geopolitical Entities and Codes (Formerly FIPS PUB 10-4) after 31 December 2014. Updates to the GEC content will no longer be posted. The GNS will continue to use GEC codes for the near future. Once implementation of GENC codes begins, there will likely be a transition period during which both GEC (FIPS 10-4) and GENC codes are available to the GNS user. (October 2014)





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