Location of Australian capital cities

Dataset description contents:

Note: this dataset description is metadata (data about data) which describes the actual dataset in accordance with the ANZLIC (Australia New Zealand Land Information Council) Core Metadata Guidelines Version 2 (February 2001)


ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW1003100008

Title: Location of Australian capital cities

Custodian: IndexGeo Pty Ltd

Jurisdiction: Australia



The geographic coordinates of each capital city of Australia are listed.

This dataset is a comma-separated values CSV file with one entry per line (longitude, latitude, city name) ... capital.csv

There is also an example PNG image portraying the location of the capital cities with symbols and labels. The image can be used as a map overlay ... capital.png

This dataset is also available as a layer in the Web Mapping Service (WMS).

ANZLIC search words:

Spatial domain:

Geographic extent name:
Australia excluding external territories - AUS

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate)

Geographic bounding box:
The bounding box encloses the maximum extents of the dataset. There may be voids or gaps within the bounding box, depending on the defined coverage of the dataset. Outer bounding rectangle as Latitude/Longitude coordinates based on the WGS84 datum (expressed as both Degrees Minutes Seconds and as decimal Degrees):


Data currency

Beginning date: 18 September 1999 (1999-09-18)
Ending date: Current

Dataset status

Progress: Complete
Maintenance and update frequency: As required


Stored data format:
Digital Comma-separated values (CSV file), Manifold workspace.
Available format type:
Digital Comma-separated values CSV file and example PNG image and compressed archive including metadata. It is also available as a layer in the Web Mapping Service (WMS).
Access constraints:
No cost (free data). A liberal licence covers the use and distribution of the dataset.

Data quality


Geographic coordinates were obtained from the AUSLIG Australian Place Names lookup service (which interrogates the "Gazetteer of Australia" dataset).

The simple listing was created with a text editor by copying and pasting the values that were returned from the Internet lookup service.

Positional accuracy:

Longitude and latitude are rounded to 2 decimal places. The precision supplied by the AUSLIG public Internet service is 3 decimal places.

Attribute accuracy:

The CSV file has 3 fields: city name, longitude, latitude. These parameters are validated by importing the CSV file with the mapping software Manifold and the map image is produced. The mapped locations and label names are visually checked with a graticule overlay.

To minimise potential human errors, the process was separately repeated. The resultant two data files were compared for differences using the UNIX utility "diff".

Logical consistency:

The CSV file has a consistent, well-structured format (explained above). Each entry is guaranteed to conform to that format.


The dataset is complete. Every Australian capital city is listed (i.e. Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney).

Contact information

Contact organisation: IndexGeo Pty Ltd
Contact position: Data Manager
Postal address: 160 Cowper Street
Locality: Goulburn
State: NSW
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2580
Telephone: 0419 259705
Electronic mail address: data@indexgeo.com.au

Metadata information

Metadata date: 13 May 2004 (2004-05-13)
Metadata reference: http://www.indexgeo.com.au/ec/pub/crossley/dataset/capital.html

Additional metadata

The data file and the map image are available from http://www.indexgeo.com.au/data/capital/ together with supporting documentation.

This dataset description complies with ANZLIC Core Metadata Guidelines Version 2 (February 2001) and XML DTD ANZMETA 1.3 (metadata validation date: 2004-05-13)

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