Maps & GIS: useful websites. Gazetteers
Gazetteers are indexes to places. There are two types of gazetteer - those which simply give coordinates and/or codified information, and those which give a verbal description of a place. The latter will usually also give coordinates. Both types are listed here.
- Place Names (ASU)
Collection of links to web based gazetteers maintained by Arizona State University Libraries. includes world and country gazetteers.
- Geographical Names on the Internet
Links to various country gazetteers. Maintained by the Permanent Commitee for Geographical Names (PCGN) for British official use.
- NGA GeoNet Names Server
Provides access to the United States National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (NIMA) database of foreign (i.e. non-USA) geographic feature names. Includes approximately 5 million features and 7 million feature names. Use the Text based search page for easiest access.
- Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Gazetteer of places with an emphasis on places important for art and architecture. Produced by the Getty Research Institute.
- Ordnance Survey Gazetteer of Great Britain
To access the Ordnance Survey Gazetteer of Great Britain, see Digimap.
- Gazetteer for Scotland
Maintained by the Robertson Trust. "The first comprehensive gazetteer of Scotland since 1885."
- Geographic Names Information Server (United States)
GNIS has information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States. Also covers Antarctica. Developed by the United States Geological Survey and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.
- Imperial Gazetteer of India
Full text - can be browsed or searched. Part of a much larger historical resource on South Asia - the Digital South Asia Library.
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