[Talk-in] Monuments of India - geographical co-ordinates?

Sajjad Anwar sajjadkm at gmail.com
Wed Aug 29 07:49:16 BST 2012

> Only, all monuments do not have a wikipedia page. Actually it seems like
> only a minuscule portion of them do.
> Also, most of the descriptions are generic:
> "Two swivel guns belonging to the Mughal Nawwara"
> "Burial Cave"
> "Ruins"
> Its quite a task to actually locate them and map it with this information.
> This is a massive coordinated mapping project itself. If done, it would be
> an awesome database which even the government may not have.

It is. In fact, Arky and I started http://www.heritagewalks.in/ as
part of the Maps for Making Change workshop and tried to come up with
a platform for people to quickly check in locations of heritage
importance. The project didn't take-off as expected and is in a bad

Any crowdsourced project of this sort will eventually face this
chicken and egg problem, and that's one of my learnings from the
heritagwalks.in project.

The workflow that Onkar suggested seems sensible to me, but it boils
down to the availability of data and how we can go about it.

>> 2. Tag all the monuments that are already mapped with this tag
>> (provided wikipedia page is already present).
>> 3. Use XAPI to retrieve all the nodes which have this tag within the
>> bbox of India. [2]
>> 4. From this OSM dump you can easily get coordinates using some XML
>> parsing.
>> Example XAPI query (bbox is small, retrieves one node)
>> http://open.mapquestapi.com/xapi/api/0.6/node[bbox=72.607,17.639,74.983,19.542][wikipedia=*]
>> [1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Wikipedia
>> [2] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/XAPI#Nodes
>> Regards,
>> Onkar
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