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Web-savvy people: how hard is it to do something like....

 
 
Reply Fri 27 May, 2011 01:42 pm
I've been kicking an idea around for a while for a photo project.

The project would require me to solicit submissions from other people.

I might want to Google map the results.

Is it hard to learn how to build and run a web site like that? Is there some kind of a map program that you can tie into that if you post, say, a particular intersection that it will record it as a dot?

To be honest, I don't even know the right questions to ask about such things so I'm hoping someone can gently steer me in the right direction.

Thanks
 
sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 27 May, 2011 01:54 pm
@boomerang,
Hmmm... I'm virtually certain that you can build a Google map, but I'm not sure if it can do it automatically. That is, if someone submits a photo and says where it was taken, you could then enter that info and add it to your Google map. They might be able to do this too.

Yep, others can collaborate on it (that's new evidently):

Quote:
Collaborating with others

Once you have created a map, you can invite individuals or anyone to collaborate on editing your map. To do this:

1.) Create or edit a map.
2.) Click Collaborate in the left panel. A dialog box appears.
3.) Enter or choose the following:
......Invite persons as collaborators - Enter the email address(s) of anyone you want to collaborate on your map.
......Message - Type the message you want to appear in the invitation to your collaborators
......Collaborators may invite others - Check this to allow your collaborators to allow other collaborators
......Allow anyone to edit this map - Check this to enable any Google Maps users to edit your map
......Collaborators - You can remove any or all collaborators
4.) Click OK. Google Maps sends an invitation to any collaborators you specified.


http://maps.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=guide.cs&guide=21670&topic=21676&answer=144365#collaborate

GPS stuff must come into this too but I couldn't tell you how. (I know that photos taken with many smartphones and some regular phones have GPS info imbedded in them.)
jespah
 
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Reply Fri 27 May, 2011 02:10 pm
@sozobe,
You might be able to do something like this with frappr.
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High Seas
 
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Reply Sun 29 May, 2011 05:25 pm
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

I've been kicking an idea around for a while for a photo project.

The project would require me to solicit submissions from other people.

I might want to Google map the results.

Is it hard to learn how to build and run a web site like that? Is there some kind of a map program that you can tie into that if you post, say, a particular intersection that it will record it as a dot?

To be honest, I don't even know the right questions to ask about such things so I'm hoping someone can gently steer me in the right direction.

Thanks

As I don't know photography this is tentative: what you're describing sounds like what's known in mathematics as a multidimensional Venn diagram:
http://www.math.cornell.edu/~numb3rs/lipa/imgs/venn5.png
source: http://www.math.cornell.edu/~numb3rs/lipa/power.html

If that's the general concept you had in mind - overlapping sets represented in a single multidimensional mapping - you probably also want to look up the slightly more advanced MCMC (Markov chain Monte Carlo) simulation computer programs. Here's a sample MCMC application in linguistics:
http://media.economist.com/images/images-magazine/2011/04/16/st/20110416_stc528.gif
http://www.economist.com/node/18557572


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