[Loadstone] Geonames Questions

Pranav Lal pranav.lal at gmail.com
Wed Apr 9 03:26:08 BST 2008

Hi Mike,

What data will you be posting? Will you be posting data only for the USA or
for other countries? If you're posting data for other countries such as
India, I would most certainly be interested. At this point, I cannot use
loadstone due to signing issues but once they are resolved, I do plan to use
loadstone in certain situations where this kind of data could come an
extremely useful.


-----Original Message-----
From: loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com
[mailto:loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com] On Behalf Of Michael O. Hanson
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 6:51 PM
To: loadstone at loadstone-gps.com
Subject: [Loadstone] Geonames Questions

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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