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A Brief History of Null Island (seagor.tumblr.com)
27 points by shawndumas on Jan 22, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 7 comments

Important but missing context:


Null Island is a fictional island in the Gulf of Guinea added to the Natural Earth public domain map dataset,[1] located where the equator crosses the prime meridian, at coordinates 0°N 0°E.[2][3] Natural Earth describes the entity as a "1 meter square island" with "scale rank 100, indicating it should never be shown in mapping."[1] Although intended humorously, the fiction has a serious purpose and is used by mapping systems to trap errors.



For anyone who's curious about what it means to "trap errors" in a mapping system, I found this on http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/natural-earth-version-1...:

Being centered at 0,0 (zero latitude, zero longitude) it is useful for flagging geocode failures which are routed to 0,0 by most mapping services.

I suppose the NullPointerException is totally legal on this island.

Whar ken a git one o them blue t shirts depicted in the photo?

aha - thank you very much.

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