Introduction to Geonames Locator

Geonames Locator can be used by intelligence groups within military and service organizations to define a glossary of local nomenclature for named places.

Intelligence units in defense organizations need to quickly exploit named place intelligence, typically by associating that information with a location on a map. The location of incidents, actors, and places of interest are crucial intelligence factors in the operational environment and lead to effective exploitation and dissemination of intelligence. Understanding locale place names and where they are located improves the speed and efficiency of named place discovery tasks. Identifying these locations often involves local names not found on common cartographic products. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency shares place name lists on the Geographic Names Server (GNS), however they do not provide tools to quickly ingest these files and map the place names.

The Geonames Locator solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you create collections of locale-specific place names and share these collections with analysts working in your area of operations.

Deploy the solution

This ArcGIS solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

Deploy the solution

See Deploying a solution for more information.


Geonames Locator requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Pro 3.1 or later

To deploy this solution, you must have an ArcGIS organizational account. After deploying the solution, you can download it from your organization and begin using it in ArcGIS Pro.

Information products

Geonames Locator includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionMinimum user type

Geonames Locator Project

A zipped file with an ArcGIS Pro project used by geospatial analysts or intelligence analysts to create custom locators


When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release notes

The following are the release notes:

1.1 (Jun 2023)
  • Updated geoprocessing tools to accept current NGA GNS schema.
  • First release of Geonames Locator