[APG Public List] [APG Members] place names
stephen at stephendanko.com
Wed Oct 27 16:20:41 MDT 2010
One thing to realize about the coordinates that can be obtained from
either Google Maps or a GPS device is that the numbers refer to degrees latitude
and longitude. Unless mathematicians decide to change the number of degrees in
a circle or cartographers decide to change the location of the equator or the
prime meridian, the actual latitude and longitude of a place won't change even
when GPS technology changes. Furthermore, these coordinates can be used to find
locations on both electronic maps and paper maps (such as US Topo Maps)
that display the latitude and longitude.
Stephen J. Danko
From: Mark Rabideau <genealogy at eirenicon.org>
To: Janice Sellers <janicemsj at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [APG Members] [APG Public List] place names
It is probably worth noting that commerical GPS is really only about 10 years
old and is primarily a US national system for establishing global location. To
quote the ever popular WIkipedia "GPS is owned and operated by the U.S.
Government as a national resource." As new GPS systems develop, there is
likely to be change in nomenclature and other characteristics, as competing &
complimentary global positioning systems reconcile and move towards
international standards (at least that is how everything else seems to work in
the technology realm). It is worth noting that there are at least two competing
and one non-competing GPS system online or soon to be online- competing systems
will be from the Chinese (Compass) and Europe Galileo (Europe); the
non-competing system is a Russian military system.
To me the biggest benefit of the current US GPS is that it makes the use of
Google Earth and the like for genealogy software packages possible. But to my
mind, maps continue to be a more stable and reliable long-term form of
locational documentation for genealogical purposes.
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