Sunday, September 03, 2006

Flickr location goodness

If you are one of the odd people that looks at my Flickr photostream you may have noticed that I like to use a certain style of title for my photographs. This is normally 'Subject @ place, country'. I quite like the idea of location as an attribute of a photograph, and to that end I have geotagged quite a few of my older photographs. You can then view the photos in good stuff like Google Earth. The reason I use that particular form of titling is that I have harboured a desire for a while to write some scripts which will grab the location part of the title and automatically geotag the photograph based on a lookup table of lat/lon by placename. The reason I wanted to do this is because previously adding geotags, especially to a large number of photos was painful to say the least. That has all changed now. Flickr have added integrated geotagging and the interface is super intuitive and easy to use. There are some foibles, like the non-US maps being a bit rubbish, but I'm sure that will get better. The API exposes lots of location based functionality so I may still get to hack up some silly toys to play with.

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