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Hello all,
I have a dataset with global coverage that I want to geocode but it has a real mixed bag of location names. Some of the place names have city names in the same column with state names and some are anglicized names and some are not. In short, it's a data clusterf***. Going forward, i'd like to propose that this product manager use a standardized place name list to update his database. So, I am looking for a good master list of anglicized place names around the world (no diacritics, Roman characters, standard English translations) that he can consult every time he adds a feature.

I've looked at the U.S. Board on Geographic Names website and am wondering if that is the best standard source with a global perspective. I need something that I could use in tandem with the Arcmap world map .mxd so that I can geocode easily and placenames are understood by arc's address locator.

Any suggestions?


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Hi,

I have used Geonames in the past. You can download the complete data as a set of files. I found some problems with city names in Germany attributed to the wrong federal state, but I guess any database of that coverage would have some errors...
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Hi,

I have used Geonames in the past. You can download the complete data as a set of files. I found some problems with city names in Germany attributed to the wrong federal state, but I guess any database of that coverage would have some errors...


In addition to that, there is http://geonames.usgs.gov/index.html (which apparently is one of the sources for Geonames.org). I have used this in the past but have found some errors w.r.t. their accuracy. Grave errors too, such as locating all of the names in Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia) 20 degrees too far east...
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Thanks guys, it looks like both these sources are pointing to the same place that I am already looking -which makes this easier.

Have you found that this works pretty well with the Arc address locators?
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Have you found that this works pretty well with the Arc address locators?


I don't use it, so that is something for Hans to answer...
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Have you found that this works pretty well with the Arc address locators?


I don't use it, so that is something for Hans to answer...


I don't use Arc (yet, I should add...)
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I use the BGN/GNS database a lot, but it is cumbersome and has some deficiencies. Almost all features in the database have one or more Standard names, which are the vernacular names in the local language. The Conventional name is the common English name, but not many features have one flagged as such, even though English variants are common in the database.

For example, for the Central Siberian Plateau, the Standard name is "Srednesibirskoye Ploskogor’ye", but there is no Conventional name - the English term is simply listed as a variant. So if you want to use the English terms, you're going to have to do a lot of manual work. In the output format, there is a column that strips all the diacritics from the names, so that will save you some time.

Another source you might find useful is the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names: http://www.getty.edu...cabularies/tgn/
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