[Digikam-devel] Feature idea: query ws.geonames.org for location name

Markus Spring m.spring at gmx.de
Thu Oct 18 13:34:29 BST 2007

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Hi list,

First of all: I don't know if this is really the right place to discuss a new
feature or if it should better go to the users list, so I will listen to your
advice. As it is strongly database related, too, and in my eyes a useful and
singular feature that could give digicam the edge over the competitors one more
time, let me just explain it in short words here.

digikam already has a useful interface to gps metadata, beeing the import from
gps files or the interactive inserting or editing of those coordinates.
However these coordinates are of only restricted use without a map image.
www.flickr.com offers to associate a place name whenever you upload a geocoded
image to this service.

After research on the web I found the website http://ws.geonames.org, which
offers under the url
the results of a placename search in xml, here a small village in Tibet.

placename, countryCode, countryName, adminCode1 and adminName1 could be added
now to the iptc data of every image file (I do this currently via a perl script).

Please tell me if this idea is useful and implementable in the database, and if
yes how this should be discussed with the current user base and introduced into

Best regards - Markus
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