Issue 18107

Co-ordinates are shown the 'wrong' way round

Reporter: mblissett
Assignee: mblissett
Type: Feedback
Summary: Co-ordinates are shown the 'wrong' way round
Resolution: Fixed
Status: Closed
Created: 2015-12-21 19:52:41.385
Updated: 2016-01-19 09:26:41.267
Resolved: 2016-01-19 09:26:41.037
Description: Is there a good reason why we show co-ordinates the 'wrong' way round?

It's normally latitude, longitude.  There's even an ISO standard for it!

Referenced here:

As it is, copying co-ordinates into Google Maps shows the wrong place.

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Author: cgendreau
Created: 2015-12-22 09:03:02.632
Updated: 2015-12-22 09:04:08.48
I agree with that.
We should also probably indicate the order in which the lat/lng is presented.

Author: hoefft
Comment: we do not show it the wrong way around per se. It is just different conventions. geojson is always lon lat for example. And that is the standard in many gis tools. Google however do it the other way around. Which is fine and another standard. Gis tools often like the x, y / lon,lat approach. The approach varies between libraries. It is annoying, but I wouldn't say it is wrong or even "wrong". That said it should of course be clear what we use.
Created: 2016-01-04 14:07:39.291
Updated: 2016-01-04 14:07:39.291

Author: mblissett
Created: 2016-01-04 14:31:54.858
Updated: 2016-01-04 14:31:54.858
GeoJSON is a data exchange format, not typically intended for reading by people, so I don't think that's what we should follow for display.

GPS devices, people used to sea (or air) navigation, Google Maps, Wikipedia, and so on all write latitude, longitude (then elevation).

Author: mblissett
Created: 2016-01-15 10:21:04.096
Updated: 2016-01-15 10:21:04.096
Fixed and on UAT.

I noticed we displayed the coordinates as lat,lng on the search results page (the normal way), so it really made no sense to leave it as lng,lat on the occurrence page.