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what3words Uses 3 Words as Coordinates to Identify Location

February 10, 2015  - By 0 Comments

what3words explains its coordinates system based on words while at the 2015 Esri Federal GIS Conference, held Feb. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. what3words splits Earth’s surface into 57 trillion 3-meter by 3-meter squares, and gives each square a unique combination of three words — replicated in eight languages — that identifies the area.

 

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Tracy Cozzens

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Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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