A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Position-Finding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2018 Nov 3, 12:12 -0700
We discussed a scheme for specifying locations using words a few months ago. That system was intended to provide memorable words for defining locations at a scale of a few meters.
I was looking today at Google's "Plus Code" system. This is an alternative with the same goal that uses strings of letters and numbers. It's sooooo much easier than latitude and longitude. Here's the page describing the details for developers: https://plus.codes/developers. And here's a map you can play with: https://plus.codes/map/ (use the "three lines" drop-down menu immediately to the left of the spot where it lets you enter an address to add a grid).
Here's an example: the latitude and longitude of the Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport Museum is
But with this "Plus code" system created by Google, we can represent the same location as
926P+VFF, Stonington, CT USA
or (using the global notation) as
So so soooo much easier. In all seriousness, the product benefit claim is that these codes could serve as something like global postal codes. Fine, but why not use lat/lon then?? In fact, this ends up being nothing more than a scheme to obfuscate latitudes and longitudes.
Clockwork Mapping / ReedNavigation.com
Conanicut Island USA
PS: Here's an address to look up: https://plus.codes/6CFXXXXX+XXX.