My project revealed: A new kind of photo and travel site

Two weeks ago I wrote about a project I’m working on that would enable me to post geotagged photos to a website by email.

I’ve done it!

The site is currently in prototype, very early at that, so please bear this in mind. Lots to do yet.

Go to http://dev.Journog.com

You will see a simple clean design consisting of a Google map at the top with placemarkers scattered across it’s surface and a content area beneath that. By default the most recently added location is displayed on the homepage. Clicking on placemarkers reveals the locations in their full glory at the bottom of the page.

Nice and simple hey?!

Well yes and no. Getting the geotags to work was fun and to begin with, most of my idyllic Hampshire towns were appearing off the coast of Somalia! I soon realised I had my hemispheres, lats and longs all in a muddle. Macgellan wouldnt have been impressed. Funny that I will be visiting what used to be believed as being the edge of the earth later this week to test my project out. We shall be heading for Portugal. A great opportunity to put it to real use.

The overall idea will be to shoot and write about great locations that you can visit too. Places that shouldn’t be kept secret. Ultimately I will invite other people to share their places too, always with the aim of inspiring other travellers. I will be seeking out competent photographer/writers in this quest.

How do I geotag?

I use a gps receiver that sits on the hotshoe of my camera which geotags every image I shoot (apart from indoors). This data is embedded in both RAW and Jpeg files with the EXIF data.

How do I add images and text to Journog?

I email them and the server processes the attachments, resizes them, extracts the gps, uses the subject and body of the email as the blog entry.

What next?

Follow the development site to see how it works. Fingers crossed it works whilst in Portugal!

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