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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Fun with Maps

Warning: this post gets a little technical

Our trip to Japan exposed me to the concept of geotagging photos and I now realize that future digital cameras will most likely include GPS receivers. This inspired me to update our photo database to include latitude and longitude information for use with the Google Maps API. With no fancy equipment, the photos from our trip to Japan were manually tagged using Google Earth. You can see the result of this in two places,

  1. In the Japan slideshow (and perhaps future slideshows), there is a link called 'picture location' that will load the satellite view of the location where the photo was taken.
  2. The photo map is an active server page built to read geotag info from the database and map thumbnails of the pictures and their description.
Posted by Mike at 8:51pm