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

Arnd Baecker arnd.baecker at web.de
Thu Oct 18 13:45:02 BST 2007

Hi Markus,

I think this is a nice idea.
Presumably the best is to file a feature wish in the bug-tracker
(with the contents of your mail) and discuss
things there. This ensures that no comments are forgotten ...

Just two comments:
- what about off-line situations?
  (one could use the 160 MB zip file, or individual files
   for each country of interest)
- what if the place is at the border of a larger town (but still inside),
  with a small village nearby?
  Then the small village is the one which is used, right?

Best, Arnd

On Thu, 18 Oct 2007, Markus Spring wrote:

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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
> http://ws.geonames.org/findNearbyPlaceName?style=full&lat=29.630771&lng=91.175537
> 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
> development.
> Best regards - Markus
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