[wp-hackers] Re: Place, Geotagging

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Wed Nov 5 19:59:03 GMT 2008

On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 5:53 PM, Mike Schinkel <mikeschinkel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Of course that doesn't provide an exact match to a City/Place which would be
> very useful. Problem is, I guess, that there is no standard list of places.

There's several good ones, actually.

The biggest is probably the Getty Thesaurus:

Note that every entry is numbered, organized into hierarchy, etc. It's
fairly freakin' huge, actually. For example, Memphis, TN is number

Or, if you want the kind of mindless level of detail that government
peons are good at, then the USGS maintains a list of every "official"
geographic name everywhere: http://geonames.usgs.gov/
Their US data is available for download at a hefty 67 meg or so:
Their non-US data is accessible through the Geonet names server,
although I don't grasp the API for it entirely:


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