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Thursday, 29 November 2012


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Your word for today is: geotag, n.

geotag, n.

Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈdʒiːə(ʊ)taɡ/,  U.S. /ˈdʒioʊˌtæɡ/

Etymology: <  geo- comb. form + tag n.1 Compare geotag v., geotagged adj.

An item of metadata which assigns a geographical location to a digital photograph or other item of digital content.

1996 Business Wire (Nexis) 29 July, Vicinity will provide a free ‘GeoTag Server’ that allows anyone to add a GeoTag to an entity on the WWW.

2003 Economist (Electronic ed.) 15 Mar. 19 The ideal solution would be to embed a ‘geotag’ or ‘geocode’ in pages containing geographical content, to make geographical queries possible.

2006 Pop. Sci. Sept. 85/1 You can go back and add geotags to existing shots using Flickr, Google Earth and a tool called Flickrmap.

2011  K Jennings Maphead xi. 225 Geotags may sound like a small change—just a latitude and a longitude on a Facebook status, big deal!—but they have the potential to revolutionize the web.

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