Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 187-211

First online:

Geotagging in multimedia and computer vision—a survey

  • Jiebo LuoAffiliated withKodak Research Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Company
  • , Dhiraj JoshiAffiliated withKodak Research Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Company Email author 
  • , Jie YuAffiliated withKodak Research Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Company
  • , Andrew GallagherAffiliated withKodak Research Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Company

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Geo-tagging is a fast-emerging trend in digital photography and community photo sharing. The presence of geographically relevant metadata with images and videos has opened up interesting research avenues within the multimedia and computer vision domains. In this paper, we survey geo-tagging related research within the context of multimedia and along three dimensions: (1) Modalities in which geographical information can be extracted, (2) Applications that can benefit from the use of geographical information, and (3) The interplay between modalities and applications. Our survey will introduce research problems and discuss significant approaches. We will discuss the nature of different modalities and lay out factors that are expected to govern the choices with respect to multimedia and vision applications. Finally, we discuss future research directions in this field.


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