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Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Geonames provides free geo-data such as geographical names and postal codes. The database contains over 6 million entries for geographical names whereof 2.2 million cities and villages (more statistics ...).
The data is accessible free of charge through a number of webservices and a daily database export. The geonames webservices offer free geocoding based on geographical names or postal codes.

Geonames is integrating geographical data such as names, altitude, population and others from various sources. All lat/long coordinates are in WGS84 (World Geodetic System 1984). Users may manually edit, correct and add new names using a user friendly wiki interface.

Features for online users

* search for names with our fulltextsearch (table based or displayed on map)
* browse capitals, highest mountains and largest cities on map
* browse names on map and show/hide feature classes and codes
* bookmark maps
* send maps via email
* export names as character separated values (csv) file or as png image
* edit names (wiki)
* add new names to the database (for registered users)
* geotagging of names (for registered users)

Visit Geonames here