[Loadstone] Geonames Questions

Shawn Kirkpatrick shawn at loadstone-gps.com
Wed Apr 9 01:01:41 BST 2008

Are you sure the data isn't already in the point share exchange? The US is 
pretty well represented and the data is pretty accurate. If the dashes are 
missing from the coordinates then the point will end up in the wrong 
hemisphere. This would either be inaccurate data from geonames or something 
wrong with the converter. People have reported an accuracy of 1 kilometer 
with geonames so it might not be that useful anyway.

On Tue, 8 Apr 2008, Michael O. Hanson wrote:

> I converted the US file for geonames.org.  Kudos to the developer of that conversion program.  It is much easier than any other conversion alternative I can think of.
> I have three questions.  First, I would be happy to post the data to Loadstone's website once I know how to check it for accuracy and if anybody is interested.  First, how would I check it for reasonable accuracy without traveling to a random number of data points?  Given the locations of data points, traveling to enough of them to check their accuracy is out of the question in my case.  Second, is anybody interested in my posting that data?
> Third, some of the entries do not have dashes in front of the numbers corresponding to longitude.  The US is mainly in the western hemisphere.  The names of data points that do not have dashes indicate locations within the western hemisphere.  Therefore, accurate longitude values should have dashes in front of them.  What is going on?  I would be happy to send someone the file off-list if that would help answer the above question.
> Mike Hanson

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