Over the years, more and more applications are being developed to digitize a map of our world. Years ago the first well known and widely used website to obtain directions, mapquest.com, was highly accepted in society as an easier means of obtaining maps and directions. Years later, other companies also decided to breach the digital mapping world and even more advancements have been made. Recently Google developed a similar technologies with new and innovative applications never used by other companies. The ability to interact back with Google Maps became essential in the user experience of the application. Advancements such as street view and user profiles have allowed for multifaced uses of Google Maps. One of the latest ideas Google Maps is trying to incorporate is the desire to fulfill the need for mobile connectivity.
A newer facet to Google Maps allows users to upload photos they have taken and place them physically on Google Maps. Google Maps has merged with Panoramio to accomplish this task. Other companies are using this idea but also expanding upon it by allowing users to accomplish the same task but instead defer the process to an easier and more instantaneous mobile phone upload process. The Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, based out of Finland, and projects from the University of California in Berkley are accomplishing just that. In an article entitled From Context to Content: Leveraging Context for Mobile Media Metadata, these organizations discuss their new addition to the digital mapping world. Their idea is simple; in a world where everyone has connection via their mobile phone, and more and more mobile phones are equipped with image taking capabilities, why not incorporate a way to take photographs from the mobile device, and then upload them to a server where the photo will be store based on geographical location.
The incorporation of mobile technology is the highest demand for all web-based companies. If Google Maps were to incorporate similar ideas created by these researchers, they would provide another wonderful facet to the Google Maps user experience.
This article may be found at: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1027527.1027572