[OSM-talk] geocoding street sign photos

Tom Carden tom at tom-carden.co.uk
Sun Apr 23 22:53:33 BST 2006

On 4/23/06, Andrew Loughhead <andrew at incanberra.com.au> wrote:
> hi all,
> I have recently found OSM and started collecting data in my part of the
> world [1]. Does anyone have ideas for how to geocode photos of street
> signs? I know that I won't remember enough of them once I start mapping
> local streets. I could use a digital camera, and geocode them based on
> the location matching in time from the GPS track, which is easily the
> most common option google is finding. I had hoped to use a Jornada 568 +
> CF camera with GPS mouse attached, and geocode directly, but can't find
> any software that looks like it does that.
> Would OSM store such photos?

I wouldn't have thought so, though I wouldn't rule it out.

More likely is that we'd hook into something like Flickr and talk to
their API to get geo-coded photos out.

One of the suggested projects for the Google Summer of Code
(http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Google_Summer_of_Code_2006 -
before we knew we weren't doing it) was for a GPX Photo Stamper.

It would still be a nice project for someone to do - allow an OSM
account to be twinned with a Flickr account and use the user's GPS
tracks to geotag their photos (interactively of course, so you can
skip things if you want to).

Ideally the editor and map viewer should be able to plot data from
arbitrary sources such as GeoRSS feeds, KML files and so on. 
Hopefully we'll be able to do that soon.


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