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Address—geocode latitude, decimal degrees XN[N][.N(9)]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termGeocode latitude decimal degrees
Synonymous names:Help on this termLatitude
METeOR identifier:Help on this term430445
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013
Health, Standard 05/10/2016
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012
Definition:Help on this termThe geographic latitude of an address point on the earth, measured in decimal degrees north or south of the equator.
Data Element Concept:Address—geocode latitude

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termIdentifier
Data type:Help on this termGeospatial
Format:Help on this termXN[N][.N(9)]
Maximum character length:Help on this term12
Unit of measure:Help on this termDecimal degree

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The 'X' in the latitude format symbolises the designator symbol “+” or “-” and should be placed prior to the first number. Latitudes north of the equator are positive and shall be designated by use of the plus sign (+), latitudes south of the equator are negative and shall be designated by use of the minus sign (-). The equator shall be designated by use of the plus sign (+).

The format XN[N][.N(9)] allows for 1 or 2 digit latitudes (i.e. degree values) with the option of 0 to 9 decimal places (i.e. decimal degree values).

Usage examples:

  • +14.091360569
  • +2
  • -50.321

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand 2008. AS/NZS ISO6709:2008—Standard representation of latitude, longitude and altitude for geographic point locations. Sydney/Wellington: Standards Australia/Standards NZ.

Standards Australia 2006. AS 4590—2006 Interchange of client information. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Help on this term

Geographical coordinates (latitudes and longitudes) are the universal system for defining spatial position. A set of geographic coordinates on a datum is complete and unique, worldwide.

Positions of geographic features can be defined in space by a set of coordinates. In order for coordinates to be unique, the coordinate reference system needs to be fully defined.

A coordinate reference system is realised by a reference frame, which comprises a datum and a coordinate system.

Latitudes can also be expressed in degrees, minutes and seconds (e.g. + 66° 33′ 39″), see METeOR for this related item. A conversion to decimal degrees from the degrees, minutes and seconds format can be calculated with the following formula: Decimal Degrees = Degrees + ((Minutes / 60) + (Seconds / 3600)). (REF:
https://www2.landgate.wa.gov.au/slip/portal/
home/Graticule.html
)

Usage example: -75° 59' 32.483" converts to -75.992356389 in decimal degrees (rounded up to 9 decimal places).

 

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Origin:Help on this termStandards Australia 2006. AS 4590—2006 Interchange of client information. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also Address—geocode latitude, degrees minutes seconds Xd{d}{mm}{ss}{.ss} Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

See also Address—geocode longitude, decimal degrees XN[NN][.N(9)] Housing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013, Health, Standard 05/10/2016, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012

See also Address—geocode longitude, degrees minutes seconds Xd[dd]{mm}{ss}{.ss} Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Address details data dictionary Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012

Address geocode cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016

Dwelling address details cluster Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Dwelling address details cluster Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous Community Housing DSS 2018- Housing assistance, Standard 10/05/2019

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous community housing dwelling address details cluster Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017
Indigenous, Endorsed 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous community housing dwelling address details cluster Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017

DSS specific attributes +
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