The process of adding geographical identification metadata to various types of media content. GeoTag data usually consist of latitude and longitude coordinates, often augmented with altitude, bearing, distance, accuracy data, and place names.

Photographs are most often geotagged using one of two methods:
  • Capturing GPS data at the time the photo is taken
  • Attaching the photograph to a location on a map

Cameras and software are able to embed geographical and other metadata elements within various standard image formats, usually within EXIF and/or XMP formatted blocks.

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