Community Wishlist Survey 2020/Wikivoyage/Creating a coordinate picker

Creating a coordinate picker

  • Problem: Authors need external tools to get a coordinate.
  • Who would benefit: All wikis that use coordinates.
  • Proposed solution: The picker should be written in Javascript, so that it is possible to use it both as a standalone application and a Javascript function by other Javascript scripts. This app should be able to accept an empty string or an address. It should open a Karthographer map with a search field for addresses. Both the OpenStreetMap data set and Wikidata should be used for search (in case of OSM dataset like OSM's Nominatim). Additionally, the user should be able to move the map to adapt the position. The final position should be copied either to the clipboard or returned as a function result.
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  • Proposer: RolandUnger (talk) 18:03, 10 November 2019 (UTC)


  • One subtlety in applying this to Wikivoyage is that Wikivoyage policy on coordinates is that they should usually only have 4 or sometimes 5 decimal places of precision. It would be nice if the tool gave the option of how precise to be when copying or inserting coordinates, instead of only using maximum precision and needing editors to trim the results manually. It would be especially nice if it could show this graphically, e.g. by drawing a box/circle showing the area specified by the chosen coordinates with the chosen precision. --Bigpeteb (talk) 18:28, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
    • I might be mistaken, but I think that one should not confuse Wikivoyage in its entirety with the English Wikivoyage as its most prominent example. → «« Man77 »» [de] 17:18, 28 November 2019 (UTC)
  • User:Abbe98 mentioned he made a prototype in a recent hackathon, if I'm not mistaken. Possibly commons:Special:PermaLink/362077735. Nemo 09:09, 27 November 2019 (UTC)
    • User:Nemo_bis, I'm afraid that's different and very image specific. However I'm not sure how the VE map editor does not already do the trick? The search feauture could be added without too much of an effort. --Abbe98 (talk) 20:26, 28 November 2019 (UTC)