“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” ― Edsger W. Dijkstra
@federico3 I definitely find that when it comes to DGGS for example.
Coordinates are a simple way to represent location, but they're commonplace enough that people think they are. I gave (part of) a talk on that this week.
Put simply you tesselate regular polygons across the earth's surface, and fill each of those with more regular polygons forming a hierarchy to which you can consistantly assign identifiers. From there you can describe any area using a set of those identifiers.
So that processing them involves little more than set operators.
current IT and Web business is based in ophuscating underlying (most of the times... convoluted ?) techniques ... @federico3
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