Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) - USGS National Map Downloadable Data Collection

Metadata Updated: January 24, 2022

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 for additional information.

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Metadata Date November 20, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date January 24, 2022
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2020 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Harvested from USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 20, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date January 24, 2022
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2020 (publication)
Responsible Party U.S. Geological Survey (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: None. Acknowledgement of the U.S. Geological Survey would be appreciated in products derived from these data., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long 180.00
Bbox North Lat 72.00
Bbox South Lat -90.00
Bbox West Long -180.00
Collection Metadata true
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Graphic Preview Description Thumbnail PNG image
Graphic Preview File
Graphic Preview Type PNG
Harvest Object Id 8c32852b-b825-410d-be8e-d3a70b82083f
Harvest Source Id 0075d6be-59ff-4e60-9246-2bb448997dce
Harvest Source Title USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
Licence Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made by the USGS regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. The Geological Survey will warrant the delivery of this product in computer-readable format.
Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[-180.0, -90.0], [180.0, -90.0], [180.0, 72.0], [-180.0, 72.0], [-180.0, -90.0]]]}
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1974-01-01

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