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of the statewide GIS community

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 NC OneMap Geospatial Portal Minimize
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 NC Board on Geographic Names Minimize

The North Carolina Board on Geographic Names (NCBGN) and the United States Board on Geographic Names (USBGN) work together to develop official names that are required-use on federal products and are adopted by other non-federal organizations for use in mapping projects and databases.  The database that results through this process is known as the Geographic Names Information System, or GNIS.  GNIS is a searchable database and is acknowledged by the GICC as the official North Carolina names repository.

Many features in North Carolina, especially streams, are unnamed.  The NCBGN and the USBGN welcome suggestions that can be advanced through the two-year process to adopt and record a feature name.  Locally-accepted names are in the GNIS since the process involves input from people who live in that community.

Requesting a Name Change
Citizens may submit a request to change the name of a geographic feature in North Carolina to Dr. Tyrel Moore, Chair of the NCBGN.  NCBGN does NOT handle street or road names.  The proposal may be submitted by email.   Please identify the feature and its precise location, the proposed feature name and any other relevant information.  Include a justification for changing the feature's name.  The NCBGN will review the name-change proposal and seek input from appropriate local and state government agencies to establish accepted usage and support for the proposed feature name.  The NCBGN will also seek input from the US Board on Geographic Names to ensure compliance with national requirements and policies.  The NCBGN will submit a recommendation for the name change to the NC Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee (SMAC), which then considers the NCBGN recommendation.  The NCBGN Chair will forward the SMAC decision to the USBGN for final approval and inclusion in the Geographic Names Information System.  Approval is subject to the decision of the USBGN.

List of Feature Name Changes handled by NCBGN since its inception.

Database managers are strongly encouraged to update existing geospatial datasets to reflect the approved name changes.

On May 4, 2004, the GICC adopted Procedures for Changing Offensive or Insulting Geographic Place-names to guide the work of the NC BGN.

The Charter for the NC Board on Geographic Names describes the purpose and membership.

Staff support is provided by David Giordano (919.754.6585).

Name Organization Phone Number
Dr. Tyrel Moore, Chair University of North Carolina - Charlotte 704-687-5975
Amy Durden (LGC) Elizabeth City 252-337-6628 ext. 32
Michael Hill NC Dept. of Cultural Resources 919-807-7288
Cam McNutt NC DENR 919-807-6435
Mike Medina NC Geological Survey 919-733-2423
Terry Norris NC DOT 919-212-5950
Jim Young Appalachian State 828-262-3000

 Announcements Minimize
July 2015 – NC Parcel Boundaries and Standardized Fields

Standardized parcel data for all 100 counties is now available as a map service, a feature service, or as downloadable data from the the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal.

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May 2015 – Guidance for Acquisition of Oblique Aerial Imagery and Software System
A guide for local government GIS coordinators considering acquisition of oblique imagery is now available, developed by the Working Group for Orthophotography Planning. read more ...

February 2015 - 2014 Imagery Available

The 2014 orthoimagery is now available from the NC OneMap GeoSpatial Portal. Read the full article for all of the details.

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January 2015 - Understanding Raster Imagery Compression

The GIS TAC has produced a document to guide and educate users on the compression of raster imagery.

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December 2014 - Addresses Available From NC OneMap

With the recent completion of the update to the Master Address Data Set, the 2014 version is now available from the NC OneMap GeoSpatial Portal.

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