Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Geotagging

Matt Croydon just published an article about the KML project he's been working on for Python for Series 60, including a link to his simple KML Python library. Looks interesting, wish I could justify buying myself a Bluetooth GPS.

However since I'm at OSCON I'm doing more than the usual amount of blogging, so Matt's post immediately tempted me to brush off a bunch of geotagging links which have been sitting in my edit queue for a month or more, in some cases anyway, here goes...

The first stop for anyone thinking about geotagging has to be the excellent MAKE magazine HOW TO which explains how to integrate Flickr, Mappr and Google Earth with GPS data.

Integration with Google Earth is certainly the way to go, for instance the thing that started Matt thinking about his new KML project was the integration of Google Sightseeing with Google Earth.

Rui Carmo has some suggestions, and some snippets of PHP, for tagging Google Earth, but there are lots of other Google Earth hacks floating around especially in the wake of the O'Reilly Where 2.0 conference in June.

Off course unless you can integrate real GIS data there is only so far you can go, but a good example of the powerful stuff that these hacks allow you to do is the fact that can so this, for instance drawing the postcode boundaries on top of the map data.

So there you go, a few interesting geotagging links that, so far, I haven't had the time to do anything with...