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Hi I am making an app which uses a map downloaded from OpenStreetMap.

The map is of Edinburgh and I have used osm2pgsql to store the map in a PostGIS database.

Here is an example of the coordinates of points in the database when I execute the following query: select ST_AsGeoJSON(way) from planet_osm_point;


These coordinates are different than coordinates I have taken of map websites such as: http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html where coordinates in Edinburgh are like: 55.951324,-3.188095

Does anyone know why this is and how I convert my coordinates into the normal coordinates that are used on these mapping websites?


asked 30 Nov '12, 14:43

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The coordinates you are seeing are in a different projection (called "Spherical Mercator"). Either re-run your osm2pgsql import with the -l (ell) flag to have standard WGS84 lat/lon values in the database, or modify your query to select ST_AsGeoJSON(ST_Transform(way,4326)) to re-project on the fly.

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answered 30 Nov '12, 15:10

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