While I was experimenting with Yahoo Pipes for the Flickr photo display mashup I made the other day I found another mashup which could potentially be very useful.
It is simply called “Find Latitude and Longitude” and does pretty much exactly what it says.
You are shown a big map which is pulled from Google Maps and you can subsequently navigate the map just like on Google Maps. The latitude and longitude of your cursor is shown below the map, and if you click on a location, that latitude and longitude is stored below the map along with the address until you click on another location.
This makes it very quick and easy to find the latitude you are looking for. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an address search option, but if you know where it is and how to use Google Maps, you can quickly navigate to the locatino you are after and grab the latitude and longitude for it.
This is something that has a lot of potential use for in web site development for determining geocodes for the geolocation tags of a web site. An option, such as a copy to clipboard button that copies the longitude and latitude in a single string could be a nice extra feature for this purpose that isn’t currently available.
Obvious other uses are mashups such as the Flickr mashup I mentioned earlier which I used the latitude and longitude for.
Aside from that I’m not sure that there are a significant number of other uses, aside from just general curiousity or needing to know the latitude and longitude of places for planning say a hiking expedition.
The interface is very simple but effective, the design could perhaps be spruced up a bit to make it a nicer site, but I don’t think it’s really necessary.
What do you think? What else could you or do you use it for?