Fierce Geonamer is a small project to try and produce useful English descriptions of locations. The idea is you should be able to put in a lat and long and get back a useful description like "London, United Kingdom" or "Orlando, Florida, United States" There are geonaming services like Geonames and OpenStreetMap's Nominatim, but they often provide either too much detail or too little for the use case of providing a usable name for geolocating a blog post or photo. Fierce Geonamer works like this: a. take lat,long and send to Geonames.org b. run the API response through an XSLT stylesheet, turn into intermediate XML c. optionally turn intermediate XML into JSON The choice of XSLT is to try and move the business logic into a platform-independent processing layer. XSLT should be usable from most languages and on most platforms: in Ruby using libxslt-ruby, in Python using lxml, even in node.js using node_xsl (all using libxml/libxslt), in Java and JVM platforms using SAXON, in .NET/Windows using MSXML, etc. etc.