What is Geolocation?


Everything on the Earth’s surface has a location that can be expressed with just two coordinates. Using the new classes of geolocation tools, it is very easy to determine and capture the exact location of physical objects — as well as capturing the location where digital media such as photographs and video are taken. The other side of this coin is that it is also becoming easier to work with the geolocative data thus captured: it can be plotted on maps; combined with data about other events, objects, or people; graphed; charted; or manipulated in myriad ways. Indeed, such data are leading to entirely new forms of mapping. Devices we commonly carry with us increasingly have the ability to know where they (and, consequently, we) are, and to record our coordinates as we take photographs, talk to friends, or post updates to social networking websites. The transparency of this group of technologies — they are increasingly imbedded in all sorts of devices and technologies — is making them very much an essential part of our lives.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • I understand they are different, but perhaps we can roll "Geolocation" in here later in the process?
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?


(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Related in some ways to location-based services which require geolocation to work, geolocation has the possibility to add new dimensions to storytelling, visualizations and data analysis. By using technologies ranging from neogeography tools such as Google Earth and Google Maps to more sophisticated GIS applications, students and educators can now, more than ever, use geolocation data as ways to express ideas, research and connections that would have been hard to do before. - KeeneH KeeneH Aug 25, 2010
  • This Cornell study gives an example of how researchers can use geotagged images as fodder for understanding what people like to take pictures of and where these images are located. Geolocation is a key technology to enable something like this to be done. http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~dph/papers/photomap-www09.pdf - KeeneH KeeneH Aug 31, 2010
  • Many of the mobile apps, especially social networking social apps are targeting geolocation as a key technology. We will see more and more of this going forward. See What's Next for Geolocation? Apps, Apps, Apps - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/whats_next_for_geolocation_apps_apps_apps.php - KeeneH KeeneH Aug 31, 2010
  • I have not fully got my head around this but I imagine geolocation could help validate assessments in some way too and allow educators to be more creative and authentic in how learning is assessed.- terry.neal terry.neal Aug 28, 2010

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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