RE: How to represent geographic coordinates for maps


I was just about to type the same as Konrad. The coordinate representation would be very hard to do anything useful with. You could possibly look at using:

Maybe use georss:Box. Alternative (and probably more future proof) look at GeoSPARQL and encode the geometry that way. Not too many GeoSPARQL implementations around at the moment though.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Konrad Höffner [] 
Sent: 12 July 2013 10:51
Subject: Re: How to represent geographic coordinates for maps

Hi Lars,

To question 3: First, I think that depending on the projection and scale, a rectangle on a map is not/only nearly representable by a rectangle in geocoordinates.
Furthermore, the representation you chose (""W 13' - E 49' / N 45°58' - N 45°33'""") is not very easily machine-readable because you code a rectangle into a single literal and also use a coordinate notation that needs additional parsing.
Maybe polygons like the ones used in LinkedGeoData would be helpful? A


On 12.07.2013 11:14, Svensson, Lars wrote:
> All,
> At the German National Library we are currently looking into how to represent coordinates for maps and we need some advice on which representation would be most useful for the community.
> While looking at publishing coordinates for places in the library authority data, we also started looking at how to represent the geographic extent of maps. I came across three vocabularies that could be useful for that:
> 1) the (library-specific?) properties scale: 
>, projection: 
> and 
> coordinates: 
> from RDA 
> (Resource Description and Access)
> 2) the properties from wgs84_pos
> 3) the properties from geosparql
> If I have understood things correctly, only the RDA ones are applicable directly for a map, whereas wgs84 and geosparql really are about places and not about maps, so that you would need to introduce a level of indirection to use them directly for maps. A (made-up) example:
> my:resource a ex:Map ;
>         dc:title "The Marauder's Map" ;
>         rdvocab:coordinatesOfCartographicContent """W 13' - E 49' / N 45°58' - N 45°33'""" .
> my:resource a ex:Map ;
>         dc:title "The Marauder's Map" ;
>         dct:coverage [ a wgs84_pos:SpatialThing ;
>                 wgs84_pos:lat_long """ W 13' - E 49' / N 45°58' - N 45°33'""" ;
>                 .
>         ] .
> So my three questions:
> 1) Is my interpretation of the use of wgs84 for maps correct?
> 2) Are coordinates for maps of any use at all to this community?
> 3) (If the answer to 2) is yes): which representation would be the best for your use cases?
> Thanks in advance for any insight,
> Lars
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