French 'geolocalisation': Translation?

Many of you in the 'learning french bunch' have probably ran across this one in Immersion in the Wikipedia articles: 'Géolocalisation sur la carte'.

It seems that a literal translation makes you end up with something very uncommon in english, which appears to contrast the usage in french quite a bit as in french, it is used a lot on Wikipedia and turns up a lot of hits in Google. (checks on other sources probably useful). Having worked in translating a lot (not involving french so not appealing to any false authority here ) something like that would make me search for a less literal, more common expression in the goal language suitable to the context.

How would you translate it into english and most importantly, why?

August 10, 2015


It's a method by which an object or place is positioned on a map using geographic coordinates.

So I'd probably translate it as 'positioning on the map' or 'location on the map' of wherever. On the English Wikipedia articles, the standard for the same thing is 'Location in (whatever the map is of)'.

I'd wait for more opinions though. This is just some information I gathered to help you guys make decisions :)

August 10, 2015

Without any reference to any other source, I would have read it as "Geographical location on the map" meaning exactly where it sits if you search for it in an atlas or on a globe. The lattitudinal and longditudinal coordinates may or may not be listed.

August 11, 2015

I agree that seems like a more natural option in English 'geographical location...', or perhaps even 'location on the map'?

As with translating, it's not just important to cover the exact meaning, but also take into account the familiarity of a term and its connotations: when these differ a lot, even when the translation is technically precise, it may not be your best option.

August 11, 2015

Are you talking about Geocaching? This is very popular where I live (Oregon, USA). People hide small items in specific places and use GPS coordinates to locate items others have left. They replace the found item with something of their's like hide and seek. People get the coordinates from online sites. Check out

August 14, 2015

As Marloezzz says, that's not it, but I have been known to go geocaching from time to time. I have a travel bug from the United States that I've been meaning to deposit in a travelbug hotel near me. It's a fun passtime enjoyed by myself and my kids.

August 15, 2015

Thanks tcgirl, but that's not it :) This is about a line very common in Wikipedia articles as a caption for images showing the geographical location.

August 14, 2015
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