Field Data Collection and Geotagging
Ever since the advent of the internet, there has been a marathon on data collection. The year 2009 was special in the sense that it marked the biggest transition of data collection from the analog era to the digital era.
There will be metadata that will be required regardless of the kind or form of data that is being collected. In the past, geotagging was only associated with latitude and longitude metrics. Now it can include bearing, distance accuracy, and name of the place. With the rich information that is provided by geotagging, there are different ways that information can be visually presented. There are a couple of ways that geotagging can help with data collection and some of them include:
Crowdsourcing:The advent of smartphones has allowed people to connect with each other in real-time. The different platforms are able to collect and distribute data from a location-specific standpoint. Such information is collected as metadata.
Smartphone browsing:The majority of people are now accessing the internet using mobile devices. Every hit on a website could be geotagged so as to help with monitoring internet trends and also provide insights and specific locations with regards to internet usage. With smartphones, the developers have control over how the apps will be used. Once users agree to the conditions, it will be easy to track specific data based on location metadata.
Geotagging is an important element to information collection in the current dispensation. There is an increase in smartphone users yearly who are consuming information from different geographical locations. With every image that is taken, there is the potential creation of geotagging as metadata. Such information could be used for different purposes with the consent of the owner of the photograph.