[FoRK] What3words -- convert lat,long into 3 English words

Bill Kearney wkearney99 at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 8 18:33:31 PDT 2014


Heh, where's bum.fuck.eqypt?

-----Original Message----- 
From: Gregory Alan Bolcer
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:58 PM
To: Friends of Rohit Khare
Subject: Re: [FoRK] What3words -- convert lat,long into 3 English words

armpit.ofthe.world


On Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:

> Interesting choices.  I thought perhaps they were using lat/long to index
> into a dictionary, maybe with a hash, but it seems they have semi-manually
> tuned the mapping of 3 words to every 3m by 3m square on the Earth's
> surface, perhaps minus ocean space.  Nicer IDs, but you need the
> proprietary database online for use.  They have "extra info", but so far I
> don't see any kind of semantic tagging, which is sad.
>
> I noticed GeoHash and related not long ago.  This is a new twist. I was
> involved with helping the startup of a friend of a friend of mine long ago
> called NetWord.  The premise was very close to the private OneWord for
> What3words.  A while back, I sent a letter to the USPS head suggesting a
> moveable 9+ digit unique zip code. This would allow people to have a 
> unique
> short address that would be looked up in a database and sent to the
> currently registered location.  Perfect for students, consultants, or
> others who move frequently.  And private from the sender potentially.  No
> surprise: no response.  Then I thought about a service that would open and
> scan your mail for you.  A few difficulties, but would be useful.  But I
> thought better of it.  Another company did it later, using veterans to 
> open
> the mail as a security selling point.
>
> Related links:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geohash
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geohash-36
> http://geohash.org/
> http://www.bigdatamodeling.org/2013/01/intuitive-geohash.html
>
> Use of variable precision bounding box addresses in 2D or 3D, but closely
> held and proprietary:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Area_Code
> http://www.nacgeo.com/
>
> Similar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_grid_reference_system
> http://tools.wmflabs.org/geohack/geohack.php?pagename=
> Military_grid_reference_system&params=21_18_34.0_N_
> 157_55_0.7_W_&language=en
> http://www.colorado.edu/geography/gcraft/notes/coordsys/coordsys_f.html
>
> https://www.maxmind.com/en/worldcities
> http://opengts.sourceforge.net/
> http://www.swarmly.co/
> http://www.geoplace.it/
> http://www.loc.is/
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Geocodes#The_GeoDirectory
> http://www.cdxtech.com/Blog/post/Latitude-and-Longitude-
> as-an-Alternative-to-Using-Text-Addresses.aspx
> https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/geocoding/
> http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/geocoding.html
> http://incurlybraces.com/gps-location-coordinates-android.html
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Geocodes
> http://mygeoposition.com/
> https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/maps/
> Kc0jjqzmlR8[1-25-false]
>
> Just for fun:
> https://tech.lds.org/wiki/Geo_code
>
>
> Stephen
>
> On 7/8/14, 10:14 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>
>> cage.gust.regular -- the ICS building at UCI.  5 feet later:
>> trillions.socket.added.  Seems legit.
>>
>> Greg
>>
>> On 7/8/2014 9:38 AM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
>>
>>> Cannot decide whether this is brilliant or stupid:
>>>
>>> http://what3words.com/
>>>
>>>  From the FAQ:
>>>>
>>>
>>> What is what3words and what does it do?
>>>
>>> what3words is a service which pinpoints any location on the globe (to
>>> the nearest 2 metres) with a unique 3 word combination. This is far
>>> more accurate than you can achieve with a postal address (if indeed
>>> the location you are trying to pinpoint even has a postal address),
>>> and definitely easier than remembering a set of GPS co-ordinates.
>>>
>>> We also offer a service called OneWord which allows you to create a
>>> customised, shorter, and even easier reference for any location of
>>> your choice, accurate to the nearest metre.
>>>
>>> Ken Meltsner at blues.skinny.nurses
>>>
>>>
>>
>
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