Photo Geo-Tagging Workshop

December 6, 2010 10:00am – 12:00pm

GPS technology is quickly advancing and is now being used in an ever expanding variety of ways. One of the more popular uses is as a means of tagging photographs with location information.

Photo geo-tagging technology is easy to use and can serve a variety of purposes. It can streamline habitat mapping, resource tracking, and invasive species monitoring activities of Natural Resource Managers. After a natural or technological disaster, Emergency Managers can document the damage and recovery process on a location by location basis. Academics and Researchers can incorporate this technology into experiments and monitoring projects. Nature Photographers can use it to indicate with certainty where an image was taken (which may be useful when pursuing the elusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker). Laypeople can track their movements and tell the story of an outdoor adventure through the use of photos and mapping technology.

During the two hour workshop you will learn how to use a GPS unit and sync it with a digital camera. You will then go out into the field and take photographs. These photographs will then be used to demonstrate how assorted types of photo-tagging software work and the benefits and capabilities associated with each of them. Finally, you will learn how to use the software to generate reports and view your images using programs such as Google Earth.

Will Underwood – Stewardship Coordinator, GBNERR
Tom Strange – GIS/Stewardship Associate, GBNERR


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