What is Geolocation?

Everything on the Earth’s surface has a location that can be expressed with just two coordinates. Using new classes of geolocation tools, it is very easy to determine and capture the exact location of physical objects — and even to capture the exact locations where photographs and video are taken. It is also becoming easier to work with geolocation data: 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. Our devices increasingly have the ability to know where they are (and, consequently, where we are), and to routinely record our coordinates as we take photographs, talk to friends, or post updates to social networking websites. The transparency of this group of technologies — increasingly embedded in all sorts of devices — is making them very much an essential part of our lives. Recent advancements in mobile apps leverage geolocation so that users may learn more about a site they are visiting, or discover other people or places in their vicinity, making the areas surrounding them new and dynamic spaces for learning.

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

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Not sure if it belongs here on in Location-Based Services, but like the way GIS mapping tools start to become interesting alongside relative positioning of next gen of iBeacons and other low-cost low-power tech that allow makers/developers to trigger real-world events. - dicksonk dicksonk Oct 22, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, research, or creative inquiry?

  • It brings an additional dimension to learning spaces, which could be especially useful thinking about informal learning during school trips. In the near future it could have an effect on ways of data collection in social science research, using data generated by subjects moving in cities for example. In education I expect it will take longer before this technology will have an impact. - e.degroot e.degroot Oct 19, 2014 - helga helga Oct 24, 2014
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • I know that at the faculty of Geosciences, at the Utrecht University, they will use this technology in their fieldwork. Earlier, they did all the field work with pen and paper and did all the analysing back home. Now they are exploring whether and how it is possible to use GIS software during the fieldwork, bringing data collection and analysis closer together.- e.degroot e.degroot Oct 19, 2014
  • Curatescape and the Omeka CMS framework is the platform for several community mapping applications, including Baltimore Heritage and Cleveland Historical. The open source architecture holds the promise of linking different projects in interesting ways. - billshewbridge billshewbridge Oct 27, 2014
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