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What's New?

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


  • FC values are listed and described under the "Description of Names Files for Countries and Territories Format" link available on the Country Files download page, accessible from our splash page.


  • As described, FC values are:


  • FC - Feature Classification: Nine (9) major feature categories into which similar feature designations are grouped.


    • A = Administrative region

    • H = Hydrographic

    • L = Locality or area

    • P = Populated place

    • R = Streets, highways, roads, or railroad

    • S = Spot

    • T = Hypsographic

    • U = Undersea

    • V = Vegetation


  • What this means is that for every compressed country file, the entire data set will be provided in one file, plus additional breakdown of each available FC in that country as separate files.


  • Example (using AKROTIRI):


    • ax.txt - entire country file with all features

    • ax_administrative_a.txt - the administrative (FC = A) subset from the entire country file

    • ax_hydrographic_h.txt - the hydrographic (FC = H) subset from the entire country file

    • .

    • ax_vegetation_v.txt - the vegetation (FC = V) subset from the entire country file


  • In addition, as of late September 2014, the GeoNames Pre-Positioned Country Files, both the separate and the combined, now include an additional field at the end which provided the modify date on the name.


  • 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)


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