Past meets present on a street near you.
TECHNOLOGY is putting history in its place by lining up old photos with current places on online maps.
Geotagging is the process of attaching a photo to a grid reference on a digital map. It’s a way of bringing photos down to earth, by attaching them to the location where they were taken.
Google Maps Streetview has enabled us to virtually walk around the streets of our town.
Geotagging these maps with historical photos means you can take nostalgia a step further and see pictures of how the town used to be.
What was there is an ambitious project to create ‘‘ a crowd-sourced interactive photographic map of the whole world’’ that includes current and archival photos.
Photos are tagged with their location and year, uploaded via an iPhone app or to the website and placed on-location.
The uploaded photos can then be viewed by others on a Google map of the world. The project was inspired by ‘‘ the idea of utilising the connections that technology facilitates to provide a new experience of time and space’’, according to the website.
‘‘[ It’s] a virtual time machine of sorts, that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past.’’
With enough people uploading photos in enough places, an interactive photographic history map will be created.
To contribute, you don’t have to own the photo or the copyright to the photo, you just have to credit the photographer ( if you can) and list where you found it ( if you can).
If you can’t, somebody else can, due to the collaborative cleverness of crowdsourced projects.