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Note that this repo is a translation of the 2006 Jcoord project to Haskell.
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Conversion between latitude/longitude and grid references is not as simple as one would expect. Indeed, the maths involved is rather complex and not really for the faint-hearted! I have created a Java package which provides a simple API to allow conversion between OSGB (Ordnance Survey of Great Britain) grid references, UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) references and latitude/longitude. OSGB Grid references can be returned as a standard six-figure grid reference using the 100km grid square letters (e.g. SK619847).
Note: it is now possible to obtain an eight-figure grid reference as from release 1.2.
The Jcoord script also contains a method to allow the calculation of the surface distance between two points of latitude/longitude.
Information on converting between UTM and latitude/longitude is available at www.posc.org.
The Ordnance Survey have published a concise guide on converting between OSGB and latitude/longitude which is available at www.gps.gov.uk.
Bear in mind that Jcoord is still in development, so check back often for updates. To contact me about Jcoord, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jcoord readme.txt (c) 2006 Jonathan Stott Created on 11-Feb-2006 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jcoord is a collection of Java classes that provide functions for handling various co-ordinate systems and converting between them. Currently, OSGB (Ordnance Survey of Great Britain) grid references, UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) references and latitude/longitude are supported. A function is also provided to find the surface distance between two points of latitude and longitude. When using the OSGB conversions, the majority of applications use the WGS84 datum rather than the OSGB36 datum. Conversions between the two data were added in v1.1 - the conversions should be accurate to within 5m or so. If accuracy is not important (i.e. to within 200m or so), then it isn't necessary to perform the conversions. Examples of how to use the classes in Jcoord can be found in the uk.me.jstott.jcoord.Test class See http://www.jstott.me.uk/jcoord/ for latest releases and information. DISCLAIMER Accuracy of the co-ordinate conversions contained within the Jcoord package is not guaranteed. Use of the conversions is entirely at your own risk and I cannot be held responsible for any consequences of errors created by the conversions. I do not recommend using the package for mission-critical applications. LICENSING This software product is available under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Terms of the GPL can be read at http://www.jstott.me.uk/gpl/. Any commercial use requires the purchase of a license - contact me at email@example.com for details. VERSION HISTORY 1.1 - - Added Junit unit test suite in the uk.me.jstott.jcoord.junit package. - Added NotDefinedOnUTMGridException which is thrown whenever an attempt is made to convert a LatLng object to a UTMRef object where the latitude falls outside the defined UTM grid. - Can format a latitude/longitude into a String in degrees-minutes-seconds format. - Added a class for Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) to allow for conversrions between MGRS and UTM and latitude/longitude. - Documentation (javadoc) improvements. - LatLng.getLat() has been deprecated. Use LatLng.getLatitude() instead. - LatLng.getLng() has been deprecated. Use LatLng.getLongitude() instead. - LatLng constructor now validates parameters and throws an IllegalArgumentException if either the latitude or longitude are invalid. - UTMRef(double,double,char,int) constructor has been deprecated and replaced with UTMRef(int,char,double,double). This is to make the order of the parameters more sensible. - Fixed slight error with values for converting between WGS84 and OSGB36. - New method: LatLng.distanceMiles(LatLng) to calculate the distance between two points of latitude/longitude in miles. - New constructors in LatLng to allow for specifying a datum and/or the latitude and longitude as degrees/minutes/seconds. - Added IrishRef class to allow conversion between latitude and longitude and Irish National Grid References. - Added new uk.me.jstott.jcoord.datum package with a number of data that all extend uk.me.jstott.jcoord.datum.Datum. - Added new uk.me.jstott.jcoord.ellipsoid package with a number of definitions of reference ellipsoids that all extend uk.me.jstott.jcoord.ellipsoid.Ellipsoid. - Fixed slight errors in OSRef to LatLng conversions. 1.0 - 11 Feb 2006 - Initial version created from PHPcoord v2.2.
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the hcoord README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.