[Wiki Loves Monuments] Missing coordinates

Nuno Tavares nuno.tavares at wikimedia.pt
Tue Jun 14 13:02:51 UTC 2011


We put a tool to manually fill in the gaps, where we use the technique
of positioning as near as possible using municipaly, district, Portugal
with gmaps API). If you're willing to manually fill in the coordinates,
I can pass you the code (you should adapt it to you database schema,

As a quick start, I'd suggest you to get a dump of wikipedia and import
some coordinates from templates like {{coord}}, etc, although the
optimal would be to get lists from official sources....

Nuno Tavares
Wikimedia Portugal

Imagine um mundo onde é dada a qualquer pessoa a possibilidade de ter
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estamos a fazer.

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Strainu escreveu:
> 2011/6/13 Jean-Frédéric <jeanfrederic.wiki at gmail.com>:
>> 2011/6/13 Maarten Dammers <maarten at mdammers.nl>
>>> Did anyone already try to use the Google Geocoding API [2] to get the
>>> coordinates?
>> I did. I put together a proof of concept using Google Docs, see
>> <https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjZN8eBGaLjSdGg5WDY3OUFJRmk0NmNLRFFLSnJ6ckE&hl=en_US&authkey=CNSs97UN>
>> This uses OSM API and GMaps API − At first look, OSM does not return that
>> great results, GMaps works better.
>> I was unsure of what to do with it (whether or not it was precise enough to
>> mass-geoloc items)
>> To my understanding, Poulpy already did something along those lines − can
>> you confirm ?
> Unfortunately, searching for the address field is useless for
> monuments outside of cities (at least for RO). We have indications
> like "2 km SV of the village church" or "in the garden of the
> elementary school in the village", which are totally useless, both in
> GMaps and OSM searches.
> I would very much prefer to look for the code or the name+city name,
> but of course this would mean custom tools for each country, as one
> would have different keys in OSM depending on the country.
> Strainu
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