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Geotagging Photographs in Student Fieldwork

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This resource paper provides guidance for staff and students on the potential educational benefits, limitations and applications of geotagging photographs. It also offers practical advice for geotagging photographs in a range of fieldwork settings and reviews three free smartphone applications (apps) for geotagging photographs (Flickr, Evernote and Panoramio). Geotagged photographs have the potential to encourage post-fieldwork student reflection on a landscape. A short case study of first-year undergraduates who geotagged photographs as a method of data collection is outlined. This resource paper also briefly discusses the use of student-owned devices in fieldwork which may reduce pressure on departmental budgets.

Keywords: Geotag; Web 2.0; fieldwork; learning; smartphone; technology

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography and Development Studies,University of Chester, UK 2: Department of Geography,University of Sheffield, UK 3: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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