David Goldwasser describes the technique of matching GPS data with digital photos. It’s such a simple idea, but with enormous potential.
I see the ability to join this data to your geocoded address book as an important next step in navigating through the huge numbers of photos digital cameras produce. Location tagging helps you find photos that might only have date stamps for metadata (hmmm, what year did we visit the lake?), and helps the people who you met at a party dig up the photos when they visit your photo web site. Now that I have four years of digital photos (about 8,000 photos, mostly friends/family), this is rising high on my wish list.
In general, I like the idea of using improved photo metadata to facilitate photo finding and sharing, and it’s something I’d like to see discussed and implemented more. For example, I’ve long believed that the facial recognition companies are missing out on a great PR opportunity by not providing home editions for amateur photographers. Can you really think of them as big brother when they help you find photos of your …. uh … big brother ?