I had an idea for a cool mashup that included a map , countries coordinates and another secret ingredient. But to my surprise, I couldn't find a free Country to gps coordinates Database. which means that even though Columbus discovered America more than 5 centuries ago there are still some uncharted lands in the virtual world.
Sure, there are some interesting GPS information Databases about Airports , Hotels and other special interests but I just couldn't find a very basic type of I'll give you the country name and I'll get a GPS coordinates (somewhere in the middle of the country) in return.
So I've started this wikipedia page, it is basically just a list of countries and an empty place to enter a longitude, latitude coordinates.
How can you help you ask ? One simple way is to go to any maps services such as Google maps or Live's maps service, zoom in to a center location of your favorite country, extract the GPS coordinates of that point and paste them in the wikipedia page for all to use freely .
Here is a very short tutorial on how to extract the coordinates from Google maps , the same similar technic can be used for Live's maps service as well
3 states are already tagged with their coordinates, just 254 to go !
let's see how long it takes for the whole list to get completely filled with would countries coordinates.