Datasets

A GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information; that is, data identified according to location. Practitioners also define a GIS as including the procedures, operating personnel,...
Pursuant to 43 U.S.C. 1460, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) hereby certifies that the product downloaded through our web site is an authentic reproduction of an official record of the Government...
GNIS data is available from a number of sources and services. See Data.Gov, Geographic Names Community for full metadata and instructions concerning these services (Click Geographic Names under Special Interest in left menu, then Gallery or Resources.)....
Yes, GNIS actively seeks names of features that no longer exist. There are more than 100,000 such entries in the database now. To search for them, type the word "(historical)" (along with other name words if desired) in the name field. It is advisable to...
Suggested corrections and additions to the data are accepted from any source for review, and upon validation, will be committed to the database.For manmade and administrative features, submit the official name of the feature, its precise location in...
The USGS Geographic Names Project maintains an active and extensive program to add features not in the database, primarily through partnerships with Federal, State, and local agencies, and with other organizations having relevant data.The GNIS Web-based...