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I'm new to GIS and I have a question that I hope you'll be able to help me with. I have a set of coordinates I obtained from a paper, that look like this:

S 00.67455, W 76.39837; N 00.18166, W 78.93117

My first question is: What format are these coordinates in? Why are they not separated into degrees, minutes, and seconds?

I've only used coordinates that look like this before: -0.076874, -78.620597 and I was able to use them to create points in a QGIS map from a table, using the tool "Create points from table".

What do I need to do with my coordinates so I can use them in QGIS? These are for an area in Ecuador.

On that note, what is the best projection/CRS to use for Ecuador? I have points in both the northern and southern hemispheres, so I'm thinking UTM 17S is not ideal, though it's what I have used in the past.

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As Vince states, these are decimal degrees but with N, S, and W designations. All you need to do is convert the S or W values as negative signs. -00.67455, -76.39837 plots to Estacion Cintifica Yasuni PUNC in Equcador.

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00.18166, -78.93117 also maps to Equador.

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Best projections? That would depend on the use and is an opinion based question. Best to remove that from your question or it will be closed.

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