Locals and Tourists #11 (GTWA #12): Vancouver

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Blue pictures are by locals. Red pictures are by tourists. Yellow pictures might be by either.

Base map © OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA

sillygwailo, dithie, Derek K. Miller, and 96 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. roland 59 months ago | reply

    hilarious, glad to see once again that my bike routes (woodland->adanac/Union->heatley->alexander street and woodland->central valley green way -> carrall) are once more correctly in blue (i think because of my thousands of geo tagged photos on these routes!

  2. Jrome 59 months ago | reply

    Anyone else see the head of a Mallard Duck in this one?

  3. jasonsanders 59 months ago | reply

    @JRome - Haha, yup.

    Very cool.

  4. matt 59 months ago | reply

    Awesome, more surprises in this one - not as many tourist photos at Kitsilano beach as I'd guess. Out of curiosity, what was the date range of the data?

  5. Eric Fischer 59 months ago | reply

    The date range is everything that was available through the search APIs, so mostly 2002-present and more than half from mid-2008 or more recent than that.

  6. TimBray 59 months ago | reply

    What's that little blue triangle on, uh, Commercial & 12th or thereabouts? That the Commercial Skytrain? What's to take a picture of there, aside from small-time drug dealers...

  7. matt 59 months ago | reply

    I think that's Clark Park.

    I'm pretty sure the density is due to the fact it's on Roland's bike route (1500ish geotagged photos around there):


    Makes one wonder what the map would look like without Roland's contribution.

  8. Dustin Quasar 59 months ago | reply

    Surprising that the tourists haven't discovered Commercial Drive yet. Or maybe the ones it does attract aren't as camera-happy as the rest?

  9. John Goldsmith 59 months ago | reply

    This is pretty cool though I'm still unsure what usefulness it has. I will pass it along to my wife who is an urban planner in Vancouver. She does research on indicators and I suppose this could be one tool.


  10. roland 59 months ago | reply

    @matt and @timbray, that's definitely clark park and guilty again of taking many photos of clark park! :-)

  11. John Goldsmith 59 months ago | reply

    I'm curious what percentage of people map their photos. I do with some but most are not. Would be interesting to see how this changes if all cameras/phones included GPS coordinates in the metadata.

  12. Eric Fischer 59 months ago | reply

    There was a flickr blog entry last year that said about 1 out of every 30 photos they host is geotagged. I don't know if the ratio has changed since then.

  13. roland 59 months ago | reply

    1/30 sounds right. I have only really geotagged photos since 2008 when i got my blue tooth nokia gps because it was too hard and too inaccurate before that! Most folks don't upload their photos geotagged or not and most phones and cameras don't automatically geotag their photos up until the era of iPhone 3GS/Nexus 1. I believe that by 2015 it will be unusual NOT to geotag a photo (and not to upload it to a cloud somewhere like flickr) whether it comes from a phone or a "real" camera :-) !

  14. RalfLippold 59 months ago | reply

    Excellent - just going back in time to 1982 when I stayed in North-Van for a school exchange. Vancouver is just awesome and as one can see there is lots to see and explore.

    I wonder whether CarloRatti and his team at senseable.mit.edu have already "found" this cool application of mobile geo data?

  15. jmv 59 months ago | reply

    Love it! Go Roland!

  16. Grandmaster Chang 56 months ago | reply

    One of the first things I learned when I tried drawing maps:

    Stanley Park is Donald Duck.

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