Traveling is always an adventure. An experience you would like to live again in the future, in the form of pictures and written recollections. Up to now, you would have needed at least a camera and a notepad. No more! Thanks to Geopaparazzi, an app developed by HydroloGIS, all you need is your Android smartphone. In fact, you can now write notes or take pictures in a digital format. In a snap, wherever you want: save them and open them later. The traditional family reunion with finger food and holiday slides projecting on your living room wall is long gone. You can now just open your laptop and show your family and friends your fun times via Geopaparazzi. Geopaparazzi can also be used for professional projects, for example to map and develop geodata.
How does the app work?
Geopaparazzi is an Android app for geodata collection. Thanks to a previously uploaded or prepared map (such as OpenStreetMap) users are located via their smartphone GPS connection. They can then take pictures or make notes in that precise spot. Thanks to this app, deciphering handwritten notes is no longer a problem. The same applies to badly digitised written material. Furthermore, the app delivers on its promise of precise location and geographical positioning. The app can is available in 13 languages.
Who is it meant for?
The app is ideal for experts who research geographical data to take digital and precise copies of notes, pictures and memos. The app is also perfect for tourists who want to digitally save pictures and notes during their holidays and do not want to use paper. Data can be exported in KML or KMZ formats for Google Earth and visualised in 3D. The data, following the Open Data principle, can be forwarded and used by someone else as a map or an excursion suggestion.
Who is working behind the scenes?
HydroloGIS has been working on Geopaprazzi under the guidance of Silvia Franceschi and Andrea Antonello. HydroloGIS, a company specialised in environmental engineering, carries out hydraulic and geomorphological surveys as well as integrated environmental analysis thanks to GIS, assesses renewable energy resources and develops software packages to be used in environmental planning and management.
The next step is to increase data processing speed to guarantee processing of collected data when out and about.