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DNS: LOC Record

 6:00 am on May 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

I was looking through a list of DNS record types and stumbled across the LOC record that allows you to specify a domain's physical location using latitude and longitude in the DNS. Has anybody used this? Are there any services that support this? (None of my current hosts seem to support this in their DNS management tools.)



 10:39 am on May 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

ZoneEdit allows LOC records


 8:27 am on May 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

I wondered whether any search engines, maps or other localized services use this record. It seems to me that something like this could have been used instead of Google's Webmaster Tools setting for the location of your domain.


 6:31 pm on May 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

I've seen it used on a couple of utility sites. I can't see it being used too often though for a number of reasons.

1) Expressing Lat's and Long's isn't straightforward (degrees, mins, seconds / decimals etc.) never mind calculating them from Eastings and Northings and the various mapping projections etc.

2) On a server by server basis verification / quality assurance would be quite hard.

3) On a block basis the info is kind of there already at a country / region level of granularity and also much more likely to be third party verified. (Though of course sometimes it can be very wrong for individual servers within an address block.)

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