I've been taking a load of photos for one of my other sites recently, and adding some of them to Flickr for the Birmingham groups - and one of my biggest hassles has been geotagging each photo.
I have a Bluetooth GPS receiver which I use with my PDA for its satnav software, which outputs its data in the standard NMEA format - so why can't I just fire up a Bluetooth interface on my camera, sync it with the GPS receiver, and automatically have it add the GPS coordinates to the EXIF data for each image? I know there's some VERY high end DSLRs that offer this facility, either through integrated GPS or a dock/holster-style fitting for a compatible external receiver... But this shouldn't be something which is purely the reserve of well-off pro-ams or industry professionals. The technology is freely available and already quite cheap, so in the age of the Semantic Web and an ever-increasing insistence on metadata-for-everything, why is this whole process such an arduous one complete?
Web 3 will never take off if it's as long-winded as this to input data into the Matrix in the first place - never mind extract it at a later date...
My name's Christopher, and this site's my venue for discussion and highlighting of topics more relevant to my technical (and technological) interests.
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What else does Christopher do?
As well as this site, the most recent creation to crawl from my subconscious, I also spend my time writing on my personal blog (not always safe for work, it is very much my thoughts as they come out so beware!)
When I'm doing work proper, I'm a cross-media designer, systems analyst, solutions provider and general on-call geek for my company, based in the Birmingham area. As an aside, I also provide custom web hosting solutions for people who want a solution that's a little more personal (and cost-effective).
Since moving to the fair city of Birmingham, I've increasingly found it a rich, detailed place to live, and eventually I decided to start blogging about it. Thus was born About Brum, and slowly but surely I'm chipping away at the latest development for it - podcasts highlighting one aspect of the city or the region in depth. Lots more work to do on those, but they should be great when they're finished.