A new solution to detect and define the coordinate system of gis data based on geographic names automatically was developed by The Austrian Service for Torrent and Avalanche Control (The Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management). GIS-Users with almost no knowledge of coordinate systems and projections have often problems to integrate gis data in their projects, because the datasets have a wrong, or no projection definition. Since the solution works in the Austrian Service for Torrent and Avalanche Control, the support time for such problems decreased rapidly. The solution is based on the combination of geographic names (for instance a district) and geometries of the location saved in different coordinate systems. With this combination is it possible to detect and define the coordinate system without specialized knowledge. You can find detailed information published in AGIT ‒ Journal für Angewandte Geoinformatik (2016) HERE.
On the base of the development of The Austrian Service for Torrent and Avalanche Control, there are such solutions for other countries possible. You find a free sample application in German for Austria in the GIS Application Store.
If you can not speak German, try this test webapplication for Australia in English:
The image below shows sample maps of three Australian projected coordinate systems:
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