Geographic Names In the United States. U.S. Board on Geographic Names & the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). Lou Yost U.S. Geological Survey & U.S. Board on Geographic Names Geospatial 2007 May 2007. U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey.
In the United States
U.S. Board on Geographic Names &
the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
U.S. Geological Survey & U.S. Board on Geographic Names
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Webster Groves, MO-IL 7.5-minute topographic map
Numerous scientific and exploration expeditions conducted by the Federal government
Why Standardize Feature Names and Locations?
The implications of incorrect, inaccurate, or contradictory feature data appearing simultaneously from multiple sources are, if anything, more serious today.
Thousands added per month. If its not in GNIS, it should be.
No Official Feature Classification Schemas
1 = Primary Point> 1 = Secondary PointsOne per quad
The Geographic Names Information System contains other non-standard attributes—feature classification, secondary points, feature State(s) and county(ies), history, description, designations
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