How to find an exact position in JOSM ?

How can i find (for example) this location in JOSM ? → 51° 14’ 36.02"3° 29’ 7.45"

Ctrl+J opens a dialog that allows to jump to a position. Not sure if you can use the lat /lon values as is.

i tried that, but did not work with those type of coordinates i mentioned above . :roll_eyes:

You can use e.g.
to convert the units.
Next paste the values 51.2433389° and 003.4854028° into the JOSM dialog.

If you need that often I suggest to open a ticket in JOSM to support your format.


I managed it with this converter → , and set the zoom on 0 meters in josm-window .
Should be also in josm without such ‘hassle’ me thinks …
tnx anyway GerdP :wink:

I don’t have access to my JOSM right now to test, but I bet it would work if you put a space between the lat and lon. JOSM is pretty good about accepting many formats of coordinates.

FYI, you can also use Shift+D to add a node at specified coordinates.

Presenting your coords with the N S E W indication will work. Thus Latitude 51° 14’ 36.02"N Longitude 3° 29’ 7.45"E when input to JOSM as above takes you to the Netherlands - Belgium border.
Then download the data at that point.

Pressing again Ctrl+J in JOSM presents the url as :-

Ah, Shift+D is a good hint. Unfortuately is also neither accepts
51° 14’ 36.02"3° 29’ 7.45"
51° 14’ 36.02" 3° 29’ 7.45"
It works when you add N and E
N51° 14’ 36.02" E3° 29’ 7.45"

But that already requires some thinking :wink:


Yes the Shift+D with the N and E is slightly better for placing a node at the position, you don’t accidentally lose your position with the node plotted.
However if the node will not be be a part of your editing you must remember to remove it before any upload of new data.

Yes, thank you . :wink:
I recently made contact with a group of people, who’s hobby/interest is to walk/bike/travel along (country)borders, and take pictures of the several boundary_markers (border/land-marks/stones) →
If you click on a bend in above area, or other bends from that borderline , i made images from them websites (they have thousands of pictures, so it shall take a while :stuck_out_tongue: ) . That is why i also asked to have a visible icon for boundary_marker in OSM . :wink:

P.S. ; I also have a tip for people who make pictures of those boundary_markers : best is to upload a good picture from an ‘item’(boundary_marker in this case) to Wikimedia Commons , to avoid ‘hassle’ with ‘licence permit’ and so on, and also a exact coordinate of the ‘item’(boundary_marker) itself … because usually, a picture taken with a camera(or smarthphone), the coordinate from the place where picture is taken is ‘embedded’ in photo, and it is not the (exact) coordinate of the ‘item’(boundary_marker in this case) itself. :wink:

shows the ‘“historic”=“boundary_marker”’ objects that you have added.

I thought that wikimedia demands that you have the coordinates of the place where the picture is taken in the photo, not of the depicted object. [Edit:] see

[Edit: Earlier this week another Wikimedian asked me to make sure that the lat/lon where indicating the exact spot form where the picture was taken. The owner of the house complained about a picture, but it was taken from a public road. So the position had to show the place on the street from where the picture was taken, not the position of the house.]

As for a map with historical boundary stones:

I do not know either, but for placing the ‘correct’ (as far as possible) position on OSM, it is better to have the coordinates of the item itself , isn’t it ? :roll_eyes:

  1. see my update on the claim from the house owner.
  2. Which coordinate do you use when you take a picture of a street and a church: Then it’s important to know where the picture was taken.
    This is also more or less true for pictures of boundary stones. Did you take the picture from the north, south, east or west side ?
    Coordinates of items are for OSM, Wikidata and Wikipedia, not for Commons.

So … as far as i understand you ; it is **best to gather 2 coordinates then **, 1 from item itself (for ‘exact’ placing in OSM / Wikidata / Wikipedia), and 1 from place where picture is taken (for uploading at Wikimedia Commons) . :wink:

sorry for the extra work :slight_smile:

your example from above ;

That position ; it is the ‘item’ (church itself in this case) , but I cannot find the coordinate of camera position .

Tell that Wikimedian then, that there also should a ‘Camera location’ on that info . :stuck_out_tongue:

If you use the uploader pages from commons, the small (i) next to the location info shows the text “Coördinaten van de locatie waar dit mediabestand is gemaakt.” (as you speak Dutch, I’m not translating that) That’s not of the “item in the photo”.

Still … even if there isn’t a Camera location given when uploading pictures, it should be … next to the Object location (even 'empty’) … just to ‘better inform’ a viewer who’s not ‘familiar’ with those given info .

It’s a Wikimedia Commons issue, so this might not be the best place to discuss it, but isn’t it more natural to store the location of the camera ? Every smartphone does this, all tools to georeference a photo from a DSLR to a track do this, Mapillary, OpenStreetCam, etc.