[OSM-talk] Maps and names
lars at aronsson.se
Fri Sep 1 01:51:04 BST 2006
Stefan Kühn has extracted geographic coordinates from articles in
the English and German Wikipedia and published them as lists,
Based on that list, another German wikipedian Kolossos has made a
simple map application,
The CGI parameters are the center latitude and longitude in WGS84
decimal degrees, and rang specifies a range in kilometers.
While the Geonet names server aims to cover the entire globe, the
lists published by Stefan Kühn has the advantage that every name
is backed up by a Wikipedia article. And since the underlying
Wikipedia is GFDL licensed, I guess there won't be any problems
Suppose we could have something similar to Kolossos' map overlaid
on slippy map. Would this be hard to implement in AJAX + API?
Geotagging is still in its infancy on Wikipedia. The entire list
for the English Wikipedia is 1.4 MB. But if we could display
these names on OpenStreetMap, I think we could give users one more
incentive to add coordinates to Wikipedia articles.
Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
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