You know when you spend all that time building a really slick webpage with a great map feature and then find out it completely doesn’t work when the ship loses connectivity? Well I do (with OpenVDMv2). Here’s how I mitigated the situation.
The idea idea of Geo-Tagging or Geo-Referencing images is straight forward; embed time and position information into an image file so that you know when and where the image was taken without having to keep track of the information externally. It is a technique that is widely used among professional and amateur photographers alike to show where their photos were taken. Technically speaking, geo-tagging is the process of populating storage bins in the image file’s metadata header with GPS time, longitude, latitude, heading (true or magnetic), and altitude (above or below sea level). This metadata header is only present on PSD, JPEG and TIFF image types so the techniques discussed here will only work on those files. Continue reading
For better or worse Google Earth is becoming the defacto standard for geospatial visualization. I’m guessing this is due to the amazingly powerful and beautiful yet intuitive user interface (giving credit where credit is due). Regardless of the reasoning, for the near future Google Earth is going to be how most people prefer to show off their GIS data and the interest of being good datarats we should try to figure out how to accommodate our scientists. Continue reading