29th August, 2006

Location Tagging Photos

Filed under: General — admin @ 3:00 pm

Today Flickr, my photo management web site of choice (sorry Charles) have launched support for geo-tagging photos. Which is nice. I particularly like the way it has been implemented. You just select your photos in the organizr and then click on the map tab where you mark the location they were shot in. I’m not entirely convinced by the value of this (why do I need to know where my house is for instance?) but my inner librarian absolute revels in this kind of classification.

Of course if you’re in Australia the Yahoo! Maps support is somewhat spotty. Why am I surprised? They’ve managed to get the names of the major cities and towns on their map of the big brown land but that’s about it. Which means that until the people with the exclamation mark get their data updated to include the backwater I live in I’ll be sticking with the localize bookmark from Sumaato. Even if it does leave rather untidy ‘geo:lon’ and ‘geo:lat’ tags on my photos it at least includes coverage of the places they were taken in.

4 Comments

  1. hello,

    true, there is no point in geotagging the pictures you made around your house, but the one you made in nice locations (parks, beach, etc).

    for me, it’s nice to see how other ‘have seen’ Budapest (for example).

    the map is ‘rough’ for other locations too (i.e. europe), not only australia :(

    marius

    Comment by marius ursache — 29/08/2006 @ 4:44 pm

  2. hello,

    true, there is no point in geotagging the pictures you made around your house, but the one you made in nice locations (parks, beach, etc).

    for me, it’s nice to see how other ‘have seen’ Budapest (for example).

    the map is ‘rough’ for other locations too (i.e. europe), not only australia :(

    marius

    Comment by marius ursache — 29/08/2006 @ 4:44 pm

  3. Flickr geotagging interface is brilliant, but Yahoo Maps coverage for most of the World is very poor. This is a important issue because Flickr’s geotagging interface is not designed for accuracy, but for massive geotagging, what it is perfect for some people, but not for others.

    If you prefer Google Maps for mapping your photos, our project, Panoramio, may be interesting for you. Btw, you can later watch the photos in Google Earth KML feed, a much better experience than web based maps.

    Eduardo

    Comment by Eduardo Manchone — 08/09/2006 @ 7:33 pm

  4. Flickr geotagging interface is brilliant, but Yahoo Maps coverage for most of the World is very poor. This is a important issue because Flickr’s geotagging interface is not designed for accuracy, but for massive geotagging, what it is perfect for some people, but not for others.

    If you prefer Google Maps for mapping your photos, our project, Panoramio, may be interesting for you. Btw, you can later watch the photos in Google Earth KML feed, a much better experience than web based maps.

    Eduardo

    Comment by Eduardo Manchone — 08/09/2006 @ 7:33 pm

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