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Worldwide density of GeoNames entries in 2006

GeoNames is a geographical database available and accessible through various web services, under a Creative Commons attribution license.

Database and web services[edit]

The GeoNames database contains over 10,000,000 geographical names corresponding to over 7,500,000 unique features.[1] All features are categorized into one of nine feature classes and further subcategorized into one of 645 feature codes. Beyond names of places in various languages, data stored include latitude, longitude, elevation, population, administrative subdivision and postal codes. All coordinates use the World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS84).

Those data are accessible free of charge through a number of Web services and a daily database export.[2]

Wiki interface[edit]

The core of GeoNames database is provided by official public sources, the quality of which may vary. Through a wiki interface, users are invited to manually edit and improve the database by adding or correcting names, move existing features, add new features, etc.[citation needed]

Semantic Web integration[edit]

Each GeoNames feature is represented as a web resource identified by a stable URI. This URI provides access, through content negotiation, either to the HTML wiki page, or to a RDF description of the feature, using elements of the GeoNames ontology.[3] This ontology describes the GeoNames features properties using the Web Ontology Language, the feature classes and codes being described in the SKOS language. Through Wikipedia articles URL linked in the RDF descriptions, GeoNames data are linked to DBpedia data and other RDF Linked Data.


  1. ^ "GeoNames web site". Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  2. ^ "GeoNames API". ProgrammableWeb. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  3. ^ "GeoNames ontology". Retrieved 2013-12-15. 

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