Have you ever heard of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency? Sounds pretty neat! They have a (updated monthly) full listing of locations around the world as well as their Lat/Lon coordinates. However, it's 200MB!

So I determined that the NGIA is focused on 'foreign' (with relation to the US) designations, whilst the USGS GNIS handles US and Antartica ('did he just say Antartica'). Hrm, I wasn't aware Antartica was considered part of 'the Homeland' of the US. Guess the boys in brass have their eyes on getting a certain section of land...

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.