[HOT] How to locate places without addresses? Open location code

Mark Iliffe mark at markiliffe.co.uk
Sat May 2 21:42:44 UTC 2015

Hi Claire,

Have you had a look at "what3words": http://what3words.com? It's three words and is multi lingual, quite a lot more usable than genetic codes.

In Tanzania my team and I have been looking at using them (through pilots) for locating/identifying water points and will scale them across a few regions over the next year.

Happy to chat more if you would like.



> On 2 May 2015, at 21:45, Claire Halleux <claire.halleux at hotosm.org> wrote:
> Ever heard of this?
> A G*solution for locating places accurately where addresses are not obvious:
> http://google-opensource.blogspot.be/2015/04/open-location-code-addresses-for.html
> Still, it doesn't seem to me more intuitive than coordinate systems.
> Ex: I am currently in 87C4VXW3+HG8.
> There are ways to shorten it, but I doubt that those would be applicable in places that would actually need this kind of tool.
> However, would you have any experience on this or other ways to share regarding using non standard geographic coordinates system for locating places?
> Claire
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