Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 665–676

Mobile exploration of geotagged photographs


    • Mobile Life Centre/SICS
  • Henriette Cramer
    • Mobile Life Centre/SICS
  • Lars Erik Holmquist
    • Mobile Life Centre/SICS
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00779-011-0433-x

Cite this article as:
Rost, M., Cramer, H. & Holmquist, L.E. Pers Ubiquit Comput (2012) 16: 665. doi:10.1007/s00779-011-0433-x


Columbus is a mobile application that lets users explore their surroundings through geotagged photographs, presented to them at the location they were taken. By moving around the physical world, the user unlocks photographs and gets to see and experience them in unison with their location. During two consecutive field trials, we investigated how the application was used and experienced and how photographs and locations are explored together. We found that previous experience with the surroundings people was exploring affected how they experienced the localized content. We report on the system’s design and implementation, the trials as well as resulting insights that can be used by other developers of locative media applications.


LocationPhotographsGeotaggingLocative media

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