I am currently transitioning from the comfort of hiding behind buttons and converting to using programming for GIS and geospatial & geostatistical analysis. The code below is an implementation of converting decimal degrees to degrees-minutes-seconds format. The code is heavily commented and hopefully easy to understand.

import math
def dd2dms(longitude, latitude):
# math.modf() splits whole number and decimal into tuple
# eg 53.3478 becomes (0.3478, 53)
split_degx = math.modf(longitude)
# the whole number [index 1] is the degrees
degrees_x = int(split_degx[1])
# multiply the decimal part by 60: 0.3478 * 60 = 20.868
# split the whole number part of the total as the minutes: 20
# abs() absoulte value - no negative
minutes_x = abs(int(math.modf(split_degx[0] * 60)[1]))
# multiply the decimal part of the split above by 60 to get the seconds
# 0.868 x 60 = 52.08, round excess decimal places to 2 places
# abs() absoulte value - no negative
seconds_x = abs(round(math.modf(split_degx[0] * 60)[0] * 60,2))
# repeat for latitude
split_degy = math.modf(latitude)
degrees_y = int(split_degy[1])
minutes_y = abs(int(math.modf(split_degy[0] * 60)[1]))
seconds_y = abs(round(math.modf(split_degy[0] * 60)[0] * 60,2))
# account for E/W & N/S
if degrees_x < 0:
EorW = "W"
else:
EorW = "E"
if degrees_y < 0:
NorS = "S"
else:
NorS = "N"
# abs() remove negative from degrees, was only needed for if-else above
print "\t" + str(abs(degrees_x)) + u"\u00b0 " + str(minutes_x) + "' " + str(seconds_x) + "\" " + EorW
print "\t" + str(abs(degrees_y)) + u"\u00b0 " + str(minutes_y) + "' " + str(seconds_y) + "\" " + NorS
# some coords of cities
coords = [["Dublin", -6.2597, 53.3478],["Paris", 2.3508, 48.8567],["Sydney", 151.2094, -33.8650]]
# test dd2dms()
for city,x,y in coords:
print city + ":"
dd2dms(x, y)

The output from running the above script is…

Dublin:
6° 15' 34.92" W
53° 20' 52.08" N
Paris:
2° 21' 2.88" E
48° 51' 24.12" N
Sydney:
151° 12' 33.84" E
33° 51' 54.0" S

I am happy that the output of this script is the same as online converters.

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Your minute and second notation is switched

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Great spot!

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