September 30, 2006
ISO has assigned two new country codes for Serbia and Montenegro.
Serbia : RS,SRB,688 (FIPS : RB)
Montenegro : ME,MNE,499 (FIPS :MJ)
Link : ISO Press Release
The country code ‘CS’ previously used for Serbia and Montenegro is now obsolete and the geonames database has been updated with the new country codes. For most records we could use the administration code 1 for the update, for 255 remaining records we have used the country code of the closest records with either ME or RS.
September 23, 2006
An initial version of open source GeoNames code in java is now available. This very first part is a webservice client to consume GeoNames webservices. Details here : http://www.geonames.org/source-code/
The source code is hosted on sourceforge : http://sourceforge.net/projects/geonames/
Sourceforge first refused the project as they feared it was planned to host the geonames database and it would use too much disk space and too much bandwidth. They finally approved after I assured them that we only plan to host source code on their platform and that we have no intention whatsoever to host the GeoNames database on sourceforge.
Please feel free to join our project on sourceforge. Every contribution is welcome and we will also continuously check in more GeoNames source code after a little bit of refactoring.
September 10, 2006
We have updated the geonames database with the alternate names in Breton (br) of about 1500 towns in Brittany, France. Breton (Brezhoneg) is an insular Celtic language spoken by some of the inhabitants of Brittany (Breizh) and Loire-Atlantique (historically part of Brittany). Breton is related to Cornish and Welsh spoken in neighboring Great Britain.
We are glad to include minority languages in the geonames project and have previously added minority language data sets from the geonative project Macedo Romania.
September 10, 2006
The latest NGA load with about 300’000 modifications of over 114’000 records was primarily a Farsi (fa) update. Farsi or Persian is an Indo-European language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and other countries. It is normally written using a modified variant of the Arabic alphabet with different pronunciation of the letters.