GEOnet Names Server

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Not to be confused with GeoNames. GEOnet Names Server_sentence_0

The GEOnet Names Server (GNS), sometimes also referred to in official documentation as Geographic Names Data or geonames in domain and email addresses, is a service that provides access to the United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) and the US Board on Geographic Names's (BGN) database of geographic feature names and locations for locations outside the US. GEOnet Names Server_sentence_1

The database is the official repository for the US Federal Government on foreign place-name decisions approved by the BGN. GEOnet Names Server_sentence_2

Approximately 20,000 of the database's features are updated monthly. GEOnet Names Server_sentence_3

Names are not deleted from the database, "except in cases of obvious duplication". GEOnet Names Server_sentence_4

The database contains search aids such as spelling variations and non-Roman script spellings in addition to its primary information about location, administrative division, and quality. GEOnet Names Server_sentence_5

As of May 2020, the GEOnet Names Server was unavailable to users of mainstream web browsers without extra configuration, due to its HTTPS-only website's public key certificate being issued from an internal U.S. Department of Defense root CA not trusted by the main browser vendors. GEOnet Names Server_sentence_6

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