Geotagging Workshop



Start session by introducing the young people to the concept of geotagging. Ensure that the young people have all been equipped with GPS–capable smartphones or cameras.

Explain the potential of geotagging for artistic practice – some good examples of small- and large-scale projects are Matthew Olden and Kathy Hinde’s Boat Trip and Twitter’s Geography of Tweets.

Ensure that GPS location tracking is switched on (check how to do this on the device being used).

Assist young people in setting up Flickr accounts.

Before allowing the young people to take part in geotagging be sure to warn them about the potential dangers associated with sharing their data online. READY OR NOT is an effective way to demonstrate privacy issues. Encourage the young people to look at the Flickr privacy settings.


Break for lunch.


Now that the young people are prepared, it is time for them to go out and geotag. Set a time limit for the session, remembering to leave time for them to present their work later. You may want to have them accompanied by an appropriate adult if you feel this is necessary.  Encourage them to explore and experiment – suggest taking videos, notes, sound recordings etc as well as photographs.


When the young people return, get them to upload their photographs to Flickr. They can then use iMapFlickr to display all their photographs on maps. Have them talk through their journeys using these map and supplementary information (videos, notes, recordings). Encourage them to think about how they could use geotagging in the future to build on the work they have done today.

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