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Web Mapping Application for a Historical Geologic Field Photo Collection


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Geotagged photographs have become a useful medium for recording, analyzing, and communicating Earth science phenomena. Despite their utility, many field photographs are not published or preserved in a spatial or accessible format—oftentimes because of confusion about photograph metadata, a lack of stability, or user customization in free photo sharing platforms. After receiving a request to release about 1,210 geotagged geological field photographs of the Grand Canyon region, we set out to publish and preserve the collection in the most robust (and expedient) manner possible (fig. 6). We leveraged and reworked existing metadata, JavaScript, and Python tools and developed a toolkit and proposed workflow to display the photograph collection [...]


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productDescriptionAn online photo mapping application published as a USGS General Information Product (GIP) that shows historical geologic field photos (served from ScienceBase) of the Grand Canyon region in spatial context, including options to view and download the photos and metadata
productDescriptionOpen source tools and instructions (available via USGS Bitbucket Repository) for building and publishing a USGS a photo mapping application that can be adjusted to fit any geologic field photo collection.
productDescriptionA USGS Techniques and Methods report containing instructions for preserving field photos in ScienceBase and building and publishing a photo map application.

Web map application for the Grand Canyon photo collection
Web map application for the Grand Canyon photo collection


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