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raf



Joined: 14/05/2007 12:33:47
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hi
very new to geonames, i needed the admin1 names for Jordan but had "(JO07)" like results.
where do i find a way to give the real names to update the db?
thanks,
raf.
marc



Joined: 08/12/2005 07:39:47
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Hi raf

Thanks for the offer to help. What you are experiencing is related to this other thread : http://forum.geonames.org/gforum/posts/list/398.page

The problem is that fips codes sometimes change and the database is not always updated with the newest changes. I have just checked for Jordan and found that JO07 was renamed to JO19 in March 1999. The information is found in the fips bulletin FIPS10-4CN-02-d :
http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/fips/FIPS10-4CN-02-d.pdf

You can help and go through all fips bulletin and write a list of all renames. The fips bulletins are here :
http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/fips_files.htm
We can easily update 1:1 'changes' if we have a list (excel spreadsheet), but we are not able to update complex modifications where the structure of a country has changed. In order to do this we would need polygon boundary files.

A spreadsheet with all changes would certainly help and solve problems like the one you are experiencing with JO07.

Marc



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raf



Joined: 14/05/2007 12:33:47
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hi
thanks for the quick answer.
I sure would be glad to help and make some excell spreadsheets from times to times.
Question : is there a way i can view on a map the actual geonames admin1 boundaries in order to check their accuracy (i just noticed the JO07 problem with a single point request for instance but couldn't access the boundaries datas)
cheers,
raf.
 
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