[Taxacom] GeoLocator

Michael Lee mikelee at email.unc.edu
Tue Sep 22 20:24:23 CDT 2009

Hi Geoff,

Google Maps can do this.  Just create a URL to maps.google.com with the
parameter q=lat,long, e.g.,

If you want to label the pin, the parameter is the name then "@lat,long",

There are other parameters you can pass google maps, including a full KML
file with simple lat/longs and names:

Note that the Lat and Long are WGS 84 Datum, and I don't think there's a way
to adjust this to anything else.

Mapki is a great resource for figuring these out.



Michael Lee
Database Programmer and Administrator
Carolina Vegetation Survey

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 8:51 PM, <Tony.Rees at csiro.au> wrote:

> Hi Geoff, all,
> My own "c-squares mapper" does something similar but requires the input as
> one or multiple c-squares codes (global grid squares), see examples at
> (e.g.) http://www.cmar.csiro.au/csquares/about-mapper.htm and
> http://www.marine.csiro.au/csquares/mapper-tests.htm . I could add an
> option to supply lat-lon(s) instead of c-square code(s) without much trouble
> if needed. The base maps tend to be continent / ocean basin / large country
> scale, though, not as detailed as Google maps by any means. Still it is an
> efficient way to plot quite large quantities of data, though I have not
> compared it recently with Google Earth etc. for relative performance... You
> can specify small as well as large squares, the smaller they get, the closer
> they are to approximating a data point.
> I use this in my agency for lots of web browser calls of the type you
> mention; it is also used currently for all OBIS and AquaMaps plotting as
> well (see www.iobis.org/, www.aquamaps.org/ ). However there are no doubt
> other options too.
> Regards - Tony
> Tony Rees
> Manager, Divisional Data Centre,
> CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research,
> GPO Box 1538,
> Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia
> Ph: 0362 325318 (Int: +61 362 325318)
> Fax: 0362 325000 (Int: +61 362 325000)
> e-mail: Tony.Rees at csiro.au
> Manager, OBIS Australia regional node, http://www.obis.org.au/
> Biodiversity informatics research activities:
> http://www.cmar.csiro.au/datacentre/biodiversity.htm
> Personal info:
> http://www.fishbase.org/collaborators/collaboratorsummary.cfm?id=1566
> -----Original Message-----
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:
> taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Geoffrey Read
> Sent: Wednesday, 23 September 2009 10:16 AM
> To: Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: [Taxacom] GeoLocator
> Hi all,
> GeoLocator is a handy web tool which I discovered can be used for locating
> a  collection station lat/long (its designed purpose is to give geotagging
> info). It produces a nice Google Maps window and is clever enough to clean
> punctuation rubbish out of the string pasted in and to recognize different
> formats.
> Does anyone know of a similar public web mapping tool that will open up a
> map if the lat long is submitted as part of the URL.  The aim being to
> automate a call to the browser from a database on my pc.
> http://tools.freeside.sk/geolocator/geolocator.html
> Geoff

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