Field Data Capture Devices Workshop

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Field Data Capture Devices

Or… Smartphones

HTC G2

       5 Megapixel camera Standalone GPS chip Wireless internet Small learning curve Tens of thousands of apps Ability to modify system & create custom apps Could install phone service to each device

Auto-Geotagged Photos

GPS Status & Toolbox app

Data captured

Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer

GPS Tracks

Video

Why?

• • • • • • • More for less $ More devices = more participants User Friendly Can understand the way people submit data Open source Automatically ‘tags’ data No special software needed to work with resulting data

Accuracy

Just as good (maybe better) than handhelp gps units See: “SMARTPHONES IN THE FIELD: PRELIMINARY STUDY COMPARING GPS CAPABILITIES BETWEEN A SMARTPHONE AND DEDICATED GPS DEVICE”, Klimaszewski-Patterson, Anna, Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences (2010) 33: 270-279, http://nevada-reno.academia.edu/AnnaPatterson/Papers/318871/Geographic_Fieldwork_Preliminary_study_comparing_GPS_capabilities_between_smartphones_and_dedicated_GPS

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