Download and Convert Gazetteer Files
Download gazetteer files, and place them in c:\MapData\Gazetteer in a subdirectory for the type of gazetteer:
with the actual files at
1-2 files per
country, but no coverage for US.
You now get a consolidated file for the country, and separate
files for a half dozen categories.
- USGS--USGS NAMES server:
text files for each state, in Tab Delimited Format, with "features"
("deci" in older files) in
the file name. The current BGN format is now the only supported format.
file is too big for efficient use. Just get individual states.
These might have problems with blanks.
If so, Edit,
String field operations,
Trim blanks, All string fields.
required; may have duplicate entries) and
http://www.geonames.org/export/ has gazetteers available
at http://download.geonames.org/export/dump/; you are responsible for converting them to a DBF file,
which might not be easy. It is also very slow
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/gazetteer/ shapefiles with points, lines, and
Data manipulation form from
main program toolbar.
- Uncompress files; USGS and NGA both use Windows
- Import menu
to Create DBF files. The resulting files will have
slightly different formats because USGS and NGA have
different fields in their gazetteer files, but will
operate identically. The import now uses a
table with the rules for CSV import.
which will correctly deal with translating the fields into acceptable names.
Using Gazetteer files
Convert gazetteers to shapefiles
(for export to other software):
last revision 1/15/2016