Geotagging is the process of adding tags, labels, identification details to various media such as photos, videos, QR Codes, SMS, etc. The additional information added to the media is also referred as ‘metadata’, that is data about the data. Therefore Georagging can precisely be called as adding geographical information to your data.
Images were the first type of media to be geotagged. Geotagged images tell you where the images were taken. Adding tags helps search engines to display that particular pic on the map. However, there are wide range of media that can be geotagged which includes movies, SMS,QR Codes and RSS feeds. Also a webpage can be geotagged, which allows readers to search the geographical location of your website.
How do I use Geotagging?
As for now you have seen the definition of Geotagging and might now be wondering, How can I geotag images? Or how do I set up Geotagging? Well here is the answer for your question.
How do I Geotag an image?
There are two ways you can do this. The first one is manually adding information to the photos, that is where they were taken or the geographical location. The second one is using the software for this purpose. Some digital cameras use this inbuilt feature of geotagging images via the GPS connectivity.
Geotagging can be done using services available online, one of the famous is Eye-Fi’s tagging Service. It helps you to tag and label information to your photos. If you are using Eye-Fi’s tagging Service then you don’t have to spend your time downloading, importing, or entering the info for every single photo.
As said earlier geotagging can be done for web pages, which help users to identify the geographical location of a website. Now the question remains “Why would you geotag web sites?”
Well Geotagging websites helps visitors making a accurate search, when they are looking for a local retail store or a tourism agent.
Geotagging a website can be done by adding meta tags such as:
<meta name=”geo.position” content=”50.167958;-97.133185″>
<meta name=”geo.placename” content=”Rockwood Rural Municipality, Manitoba, Canada”>
<meta name=”geo.region” content=”ca-mb”>
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