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Search Commons images by (approx) coordinates

  • Problem: Images can not be searched efficiently by coordinates.
  • Who would benefit: Generic users of Commons, not familiar with categorization logic, to retrieve geolocated photos without puzzling with categories. Expert users of commons willing to put order in categories.
  • Proposed solution: The search should be based on two Earth coordinates defining a quadrangole (through the northmost, eastmost, westmost, soutmost coordinate in the couple): the result should be any geolocated file in Commons with coordinates falling within such quadrangole. Max differences in degrees may be set to prevent abnormal number of result. Alternative approach could be to ask for a single coordinate and provide as result any gelocated file separated by a "no more than" degrees given value.
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  • Proposer: Ysogo (talk) 22:33, 18 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]


  • Please find here a Wikidata Query that provides part of this functionality based on images that are registered on Wikidata https://w.wiki/nGd. Maybe an equivalent query could be done in the future using Structured Data on Commons (SDoC) for any media file that would have geocoordinates? Geert Van Pamel (WMBE) (talk) 20:21, 19 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
    Hi Geert. Thank you. Nevertheless such query only retrieves images that are referenced in a wikidata element. Actually the ratio between "non referenced" and "referenced" images is largely in favour of first ones: hence we are still blind on the largest slice. That's why I think that the functionality is important and it can be realised already today without waiting for SDoC. --Ysogo (talk) 20:37, 19 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
    @Ysogo: This isn't an outright solution, but you might want to check out wikimap on Toolforge; this provides a map of geotagged Commons images. It's not exactly a search, but it can get some of the same functionality. Vahurzpu (talk) 02:22, 20 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]