Is there a proper way to order column for latitude and longitude ? I have seen some people put their columns vice versa So, I am wondering if there is a proper way for this. So, would add for new column for latitude first and then longitude second ..but I am not sure...
Here is the example :
Another example here:
I don't think think there is any specific order as such...generally we mention Lat ahead of Long...
however check this thread for a more formal response:
As long as you are keeping the values in the columns correctly, the order shouldn't matter.
We usually write the coordinates as XY. So X (Longitude) could be placed before Y (Latitude) in an attribute table.
But there is no mandate that says Longitude should be placed before Latitude values.
I've found that if I use field names XCOORD (Longitude) & YCOORD (Latitude) they are often automatically recognised by the software and pop up conveniently in selection boxes. It used to work that way in MapInfo.
Yes I saw that after I post this question and in a few hours later I looked it around and I saw that tool that does that .. It would be nice if they just label Longitude and Latitude instead of XCOORD and YCOORD...
Thanks for the info.
I consider 'Latitude and Longitude' as jargon, it confuses non-GIS colleagues and clients, virtually everyone knows which way up 'X and Y' are.
Because I don't use that terminology I forget which is which myself (I'm a Forester that does GIS, not the other way around) it wasn't until I read Dava Sobel's excellent book Longitude, that I can consistently remember Longitude is 'X'