U.S. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)

The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) is the Federal standard for geographic nomenclature. The U.S. Geological Survey developed the GNIS for the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, a Federal inter-agency body chartered by public law to maintain uniform feature name usage throughout the Government and to promulgate standard names to the public. The GNIS is the official repository of domestic geographic names data; the official vehicle for geographic names use by all departments of the Federal Government; and the source for applying geographic names to Federal electronic and printed products of all types. See http://geonames.usgs.gov for additional information.

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Status: Ongoing
Start Date: 1973/12/31
Type: Data
Primary Contact
Yost, Louis
Chief, Geographic Names Project
Email: gnis_manager@usgs.gov
Work: 703 648 4552
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Southeast Alaska GIS Library

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