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Coordinates on openstreetmap.org

Posted by pangoSE on 22 February 2019 in English (English)

Does anyone know if the searchbox supports some form of coordinate? These did not work: “N:39°47’03″ E:78°33’41″” “39°47’03″ 78°33’41″”

Are there any plans of supporting widely used formats of coordinates?

This seemed to work: “38.5807 77.2605” but gave 2 results.

Comment from AkuAnakTimur on 23 February 2019 at 03:23

This format should work: e.g. 1N 1E and 1S 1W

Comment from AkuAnakTimur on 23 February 2019 at 03:31

On top of that, reversed order should work too e.g. N1 E1

Comment from pangoSE on 23 February 2019 at 10:11

I think we should support as many ways of writing coordinates as possible. E.g. N:39°47’03″ E:78°33’41″ or 39°47’03″ 78°33’41″.

Comment from andy mackey on 23 February 2019 at 17:48

Degrees.degrees works fine, is simpler to use in my opinion. there seems to be lots of coord converters on the net if you have the need. Best we stick to the system used here from the start.

Comment from Riccardo Stagni on 23 February 2019 at 22:41

This is the format: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_degrees

I assume you get two results because if you write “38.5807 77.2605” the search engine cannot know which number is the latitude and which is the longitude (the two results have the same coordinates but swapped).

If you add N/S E/W to the coordinates you will get an unique result: https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=38.5807N%2077.2605E#map=17/38.58070/77.26050

Comment from Adriano Cunha on 24 February 2019 at 12:58

Degrees are simpler and avoid confusion.

IMHO, the search engine should assume latitude first.

It would be a waste of resources to try to support every possible notation - there will always be another one. Google has billions of dollars and it doesn’t do it.

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