GEOnet Names Server (GNS)


Description of Names Files for Countries and Territories Format


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Field Name and Description

Field Name Field Description Field Type Maximum Field Length
RC Region Code.  A code that determines the character mapping used in the Full_Name field (refer to REGIONS.PDF for character mapping):
1 = Western Europe/Americas;
2 = Eastern Europe;
3 = Africa/Middle East;
4 = Central Asia;
5 = Asia/Pacific;
6 = Vietnam.
number 1 Digit
UFI Unique Feature Identifier.  A number which uniquely identifies the feature. number 10 Digits
UNI Unique Name Identifier.  A number which uniquely identifies a name. number 10 Digits
LAT Latitude of the feature in decimal degrees (WGS84):
no sign (+) = North;
negative sign (-) = South.
number 2.7 Digits
LONG Longitude of the feature in decimal degrees (WGS84):
no sign (+) = East;
negative sign (-) = West.
number 3.7 Digits
DMS_LAT Latitude of the feature in degrees, minutes, and seconds (WGS84):
no sign (+) = North;
negative sign (-) = South.
number 6 Digits
DMS_LONG Longitude of the feature in degrees, minutes, and seconds (WGS84):
no sign (+) = East;
negative sign (-) = West.
number 7 Digits
UTM Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate grid reference. character 4 Characters
JOG Joint Operations Graphic reference. character 7 Characters
FC Feature Classification:
A = Administrative region;
P = Populated place;
V = Vegetation;
L = Locality or area;
U = Undersea;
R = Streets, highways, roads, or railroad;
T = Hypsographic;
H = Hydrographic;
S = Spot feature.
character 1 Character
DSG Feature Designation Code.  A two to five-character code used to identify the type of feature a name is applied to. character 5 Characters
PC Populated Place Classification.  A graduated numerical scale denoting the relative importance of a populated place.  The scale ranges from 1,  relatively high, to 5, relatively low.  The scale could also include NULL (no value) as a value for populated places with unknown or undetermined classification. number 1 Digit
CC1 Primary Country Code.  A two alphabetic character code uniquely identifying a geopolitical entity (countries, dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty). character 2 Characters
ADM1 First-order administrative division.  A two alphanumeric character code uniquely identifying a primary administrative division of a country, such as a state in the United States. character 2 Characters
ADM2 Second-order administrative division.  The name of a subdivision of a first-order administrative division, such as a county in the United States. variable character 200 Characters
DIM Dimension.  Usually used to display elevation or population data. number 10 Digits
CC2 Secondary Country Code.  A two alphabetic character code uniquely identifying the country code of a particular name if different than that of the feature. character 2 Characters
NT Name Type:
C = Conventional;
N = BGN Standard;
NS = BGN Standard in non-Roman script;
D = Not verified;
DS = Not verified in non-Roman script;
H = Historic;
HS = Historic in non-Roman script;
P = Provisional;
PS = Provisional in non-Roman script;
V = Variant or alternate;
VS = Variant or alternate in non-Roman script.
character 1-2 Characters
LC Language Code.  A three alphabetic character code uniquely identifying a language of  a country if multiple official languages are used. character 3 Characters
SHORT_FORM A specific part of the name that could substitute for the full name. variable character 128 Characters
GENERIC The descriptive part of the full name (does not apply to populated place names). variable character 128 Characters
SORT_NAME A form of the full name which allows for easy sorting of the name into alpha-numeric sequence.  It is comprised of the specific name, generic name, and any articles or prepositions. This field is all upper case with spaces, diacritics, and hyphens removed and numbers are substituted with lower case alphabetic characters. variable character 200 Characters
FULL_NAME The full name is a complete name which identifies the named feature.  It is comprised of  the specific name, generic name, and any articles or prepositions (refer to REGIONS.PDF for character mapping). variable character 200 Characters
FULL_NAME_ND Same as the full name but the diacritics and special characters are substituted with Roman characters (refer to REGIONS.PDF for character mapping).   ND = No Diacritics / Stripped Diacritics. variable character 200 Characters
MOD_DATE The date a new feature was added or any part of an existing feature was modified (YYYY-MM-DD). date-time 10 Characters

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