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  1. Interesting article. I approached the problem from a completely different direction.

    Rather than trying to find a clever way to “shorten” lat/long pairs I developed a global location encoding system where each address is given a unique 6 character alpha-numeric code. For example: all addresses in Birmingham England would have codes that looked like this: BR-XXX, BR-YYYY.

    Surely such a code is easier to enter, transcribe, and perhaps even remember than the codes from what3words or Open Location codes. Personally I don’t put “memorable” very high on the list — nobody remembers anything anymore.

    Furthermore, custom codes can be crated to uniquely identify every buss stop, street light, metro entrance/exit, etc. It is easy to overlook that many of the “locations” we want to get do DO NOT have postal addresses, but they all have locations (lat/long coordinates).

    Because the system is database driven, increased or more correct accuracy in a know location does not change the code.
    You just update the database.
    Full details at website:
    Would love your comments and opportunity to discuss.

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