I have a set of data with Lat/Lon co-ordinates taken from Google Earth, I've converted the co-ordinates into WKT using a short formula in a spreadsheet, converted to a csv and imported. Unfortunately Google presents its points as Lat/Lon whereas all the CRSs I usually use only seem to understand Lon/Lat. I thought there were conventions for this sort of thing so that GIS systems could talk to one another!

Anyway, does anyone know of a CRS that recognises Lat/Lon, in that order?

  • Thought it might be useful to give an example - co-ordinates come to me looking like this "50.698162325700466,-4.674852266907692, 50.69849212863936,-4.674183055758476" my formula converts them to this "MULTIPOINT ((50.698162325700466 -4.674852266907692) (50.69849212863936 -4.674183055758476)). The points are all in England, so you can see they are in Lat/Lon.
  • I've just thought that +axis=neu should work as a custom CRS, but it doen't seem to be translating correctly. It's turning the points around as required, but also shifting them about.
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    Why not do the reordering in your spreadsheet?
    – BradHards
    May 24, 2016 at 10:02
  • Tried that, but with a multipoint, there's no way of getting a formula to 'see' which part is the easting and which the northing and swap them round. If it were only one point I could take the first 10 digits and the first ten after the comma and swap them, but not with a multipoint.
    – user39790
    May 24, 2016 at 10:57
  • Ordering is somewhat arbitrary, but the stardard is {X,Y}. Well-Known Text is documented as requiring X,Y order. No translation is required, just correct ordering.
    – Vince
    May 24, 2016 at 10:59
  • I understand the way WKT 'should' be ordered, but I'm having to deal with several dozen multipoints in the format "N,E N,E N,E". I can't manually turn them all round so was asking if there were any way to get QGIS to recognise that the WKT is in the format y,x not x,y
    – user39790
    May 24, 2016 at 11:03
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    If you show the formula that you are using, perhaps someone can suggest a modification. (BTW: these aren't answers - they are clarifications on the question).
    – BradHards
    May 24, 2016 at 11:29

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+axis=neu does in fact work, I had an error in the datum I was using. To clarify; if bringing in WKT that is in the format y,x for whatever reason, using a custom CRS with the axes swapped seems to work.

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