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NAME   -  Imports  US-NGA  GEOnet Names Server (GNS) country files into a GRASS vector
       points map.


       vector, import, gazetteer

SYNOPSIS help file=string  [vect=string]   [--overwrite]  [--verbose]  [--quiet]

           Allow output files to overwrite existing files

           Verbose module output

           Quiet module output

           Uncompressed GNS file from NGA (with .txt extension)

           Name for output vector map

DESCRIPTION imports US-NGA GEOnet Names Server (GNS) country files (Gazetteer  data)  into  a
       GRASS  vector  points map. The country files can be downloaded from the NGA GNS Web Server
       (see below). The script generates a vector point map. Only original files can be processed
       (unzip compressed file first). These GNS files are encoded in UTF-8 which is maintained in
       the GRASS database.


       The current DB connection is used to write the database table.

       Generally, column names longer that 10 characters are shortened to 10 characters  to  meet
       the  DBF column name restrictions. If this is a problem consider choosing another database
       driver with db.connect.

       To filter outliers (points outside of a country), the  module  can  be  used  to
       perform  point-in-polygon tests. saves only the GNS points falling into a country
       polygon into the new points map.




       GEOnet Names Server files for countries and territories
       Column names explanations


       Markus Neteler, MPBA Group, ITC-irst, Trento, Italy

       Last changed: $Date: 2011-11-08 01:42:51 -0800 (Tue, 08 Nov 2011) $

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