Maps and 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.

Collections of links

  • 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.

World gazetteers

  • 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.

Country gazetteers

  • 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.
  • US Gazetteer
    Gazetteer derived from the United States census.  Maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • 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.

Please note: our site descriptions are based on information available on the site described at the time it was evaluated.

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