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?

  • Could this be wrapped up with Location-based services? - lkelly lkelly Oct 29, 2014 Yes. - jludden jludden Nov 4, 2014
  • There can be some really interesting uses for this technology, especially for cultural and history museums. Using mobile phones or GPS-equipped cameras, educators can create scavenger hunts to follow migrations of different communities, on both globally and locally. The technology is accessible and fairly easy to use, but there are many issues relating to privacy and security that need to be addressed. - david david Nov 9, 2014David

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

  • It will be important to develop criteria pertaining legal and privacy issues.
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on education and interpretation in museums?

  • There is great potential for using accessible, gps-enabled technologies to engage communities by assisting them to build their own stories and histories, using photographs, heirlooms or other objects.
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Not at this time.
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