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Geotagging Photographs in Student Fieldwork

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Journal of Geography in Higher Education Volume 36, Number 3, ISSN 0309-8265


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. (Contains 3 figures, 2 tables, and 4 notes.)


Welsh, K.E., France, D., Whalley, W.B. & Park, J.R. (2012). Geotagging Photographs in Student Fieldwork. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36(3), 469-480. Retrieved January 18, 2020 from .

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