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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
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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October 2014 - LGC Newsletter Published

The importance of statewide parcel data is described in the second edition of the new LGC newsletter.

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June 2014 - NC Parcels Project Final Technical Report

The final technical report marks the successful completion of the NC Cadastral Data Exchange project. The report has been completed and is now available. 

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June 2014 - Parcels Now Online
Standardized parcel data for 25 counties is now available as a map service, a feature service, or as downloadable data. Visit the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal.  read more ...

June 2014 - Geoportal Adds NCDOT Web Services
More than 40 new web services from NC Department of Transportation, including rail lines and road characteristics, are discoverable through the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal. read more ...

Feb 2014 - LGC Newsletter Published

The use of statewide data in local government has been showcased in the first edition of the new GICC newsletter.

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Feb 2014 - 2013 Imagery Online
The imagery for 25 counties in the Eastern Piedmont region is now available as a region-wide image service and for download in areas of interest. Visit the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal or watch the video to see a demo of how to access the new imagery.
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Feb 2014 - Geospatial Portal Adds Data

The NC OneMap Geospatial Portal added more content in 2013. Watch the video to see a demo of the features or visit the geospatial portal and check it out for yourself.

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