Location Scout Geospatial Links

Review of: Google Maps

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On August 15, 2011
Last modified:June 22, 2015


Google Maps is the world standard for online mapping. Google Maps is what everybody else wishes they could be.

Location scout resources for mapping information and other geospatial knowledge

Wikipedia has the following to say about geospatial analysis:


Geospatial Analysis – Wikipedia

Geospatial analysis is an approach to applying statistical analysis and other informational techniques to data which has a geographical or geospatial aspect. Such analysis would typically employ software capable of geospatial representation and processing, and apply analytical methods to terrestrial or geographic datasets, including the use of geographic information systems and geomatics.


Location Scout Resource: Bird’s Eye View of Famous Homes – Zillow

Forget must-see TV – check out these must-see TV homes! We dug out some Famous TV Homes from your favorite shows, both current and past. Take a look at the Bird’s Eye View on these, and let us know if you know some famous homes too


Movie Home Locations at Amazon

Location Scout GeoURL

Location Scout GeoURL

Until recently, under most of the maps on nyc.locationscout.us there were links to geospatial websites like so:

RH | GeoURL | NAC | Plazes | Dipity | outside.in | Mapufacture | Post Map

As a matter of course over time and via link rot, it has been determined that the readers of this website might be better served with the above links removed from most posts and pages.

At the same time….

Location Scout GeoURL


Of interest to Location Scout Maps Geeks 😉

Location Scouts and Location Managers obviously rely heavily on mapping tools to not only find locations before the shoot, but also get the crew to the location safely and speedily for the shoot itself!

I’m always curious about companies such as Fortius One and new technological advances in general, so the blog post below caught my eye:

Off the Map Presents Top 25 Blogs in GIS, GeoWeb and Cartography | Off the Map – Official Blog of FortiusOne

Here at Off the Map we’re always interested in what bloggers have to say about new technologies and services in GIS and on the GeoWeb. With our interest in cartography through the development of Maker!, we’ve broadened the categories beyond just GIS and GeoWeb blogs.


Location Scout Resource: GeoCommons

GeoCommons is the public community of GeoIQ users who are building an open repository of data and maps for the world. The GeoIQ platform includes a large number of features that empower you to easily access, visualize and analyze your data.

A diverse range of maps can be created using GeoCommons, using existing datasets available from Geocommons or by uploading your own data. A self-generated dataset a location scout might make use of might be a geotagged feed of location photos, as outlined here or something something similar, i.e Excel or other database data – as long as the data contains geodata- otherwise, what is the point? Below is a GeoCommons map I created using the data from my Flickr Photo Set, “Fisheyes”:

A map such as the one above might be useful for a location scout to illustrate geographically where a group of single locations are in relation to each other for logistics or scheduling purposes.

Location Scout Using Google Earth

Location Scout With Google Earth

– Various aspects of location scouting can be facilitated using Google Earth. Among other features, Google Earth has the capability of rendering many areas in 3-D as well as providing panoramic street views.

Alas, Google Earth is far from a be-all / end-all for location scouting; a hired location scout is needed to confirm actual current physical / aesthetic status of a location as well as obtain necessary permissions needed for clearing said location for publication (i.e. as an element in a photo or as part of scene in a show or commercial). A location scout is also needed to find out if any permits are required and if so, what fees or paperwork requirements might need tending to, determining parking / loading arrangements and overseeing other logistics such as routing crew / talent travel to the shoot and in many cases, from a base of operations to the location or from a *previous* location to… or …from… to the *next* location!

Photographer David Bean shows you how to use Google Earth as a tool for location scouting photo shoots anywhere in the world.

Photographer David Bean – Visual Reserve

Photographer David Bean – www.visualreserve.com

Location Scout Using Google Earth - VisualReserve @ YouTube



maps for people, locations, stories and stuff … and sometimes flickr gossip

Dan Catt works for Flickr. He also works on Maps. Sometimes he does both of these at the same time

(…excerpted from an old version of the Geobloggers Website)

Google Earth Community

Location Scout Resource: Google Earth Community

– I have become a citizen of Google Earth Nation. Google Earth Community is an opportunity to interact online with others involved in mapping and using Google Earth. Google Earth is advanced interactive geospatial software and a valuable tool for location scouts.

First couple of posts:

  • Sam’s Point Preserve, NY Hike Sat 9/5/2009
  • Wildcat Mtn, Sterling Forest, NY Hike Mon 9/7/2009

If you belong to or join Google Earth Community, please send me your profile url


Google Earth – Wikipedia

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program that was originally called EarthViewer 3D, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) funded company acquired by Google in 2004 (see In-Q-Tel). It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe. It was available under three different licenses, two currently: Google Earth, a free version with limited function; Google Earth Plus (discontinued), which included additional features; and Google Earth Pro ($399 per year), which is intended for commercial use.


Location Scout News: I’ve Been Schmapped!

You’ve been sent a Flickr Mail from Emma J. Williams:
:: Schmap East Coast Second Edition: Photo Inclusion

Hi nyc.locationscout.us,

I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo has been selected for inclusion in the newly released second edition of our Schmap East Coast Guide:

If you like the guide and have a website, blog or personal page, then please also check out the customizable widgetized versions of our Schmap East Coast Guide, complete with your published photo:

Thanks so much for letting us include your photo – please enjoy the guide!

Best regards,
Emma Williams, Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

Emma J. Williams
Schmap: East Coast Photo Short-list
Hi Richard,

I am writing to let you know that one of your photos has been short-listed for inclusion in the second edition of our Schmap East Coast Guide, to be published at the end of this month.

Clicking this link will take you to a page where you can:
i) See which of your photos has been short-listed.
ii) Submit or withdraw your photo from our final selection phase.
iii) Learn how we credit photos in our Schmap Guides.
iv) Browse the first edition of our Schmap East Coast Guide.

While we offer no payment for publication, many photographers are pleased to submit their photos, as Schmap Guides give their work recognition and wide exposure, and are free of charge to readers. Photos are published at a maximum width of 150 pixels, are clearly attributed, and link to high-resolution originals at Flickr.

Our submission deadline is Sunday, April 13. If you happen to be reading this message after this date, please still click on the link above (our Schmap Guides are updated frequently – photos submitted after this deadline will be considered for later releases).

Best regards,
Emma Williams, Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

Here is the photo they want

WTF… it is a photo from location scouting for Helmut Lotti’s Crooners – it’s not finished “art” like I shot it for an ad job for big bux – heck, I stuck it up on Flickr for the PR value – you know what? – paid off.

Ok, well, I don’t know about *paid* off – no money changed hands, but it was very little investment of extra time and effort on my part.

Schmap Ltr Location Scout R. Richard Hobbs


Location Scout Resource: DigiLondon

– Great UK Location Scout Reference – DigiLondon – The Who, What and Where of London | Visit digiLONDON and know where you’ve been

The London visitor resource. London attractions, maps and history all in one place.
Now with over 440 locations!

This site features Google Earth and Google Maps.
Please feel free to add your own location.
NEW! – Photos have been added to some locations.

Very kewl website about London with lots of landmarks (some famous and some not-so-famous) made as a Google Earth/ Google Maps/ Wikipedia mashup.

A location scout’s or production researcher’s Garden of Eden, each location contains a Google Maps satellite photo and a bit of history or trivia from Wikipedia. Many are noted as may have been used as film locations, some of the DigiLondon locations are are just ridiculously famous London icons, some are surely knowing nods to local Londoners and some are just there, well, because they *can be* using Google Earth, Google Maps and Wikipedia web services and resources.


DigiLondon Feed

  • Update 6/10/2006 the DigiLondon website promises DigiNewYork “SOON”. Well, I’m waiting… DigiSydney is promised as well. DigiParis is online, but there really isnt any content as of this writing.


Calling All Location Scout Maps Geeks

Of interest to Location Scout Maps Geeks 😉 Location Scouts and Location Managers obviously rely heavily on mapping tools to not only find locations before the shoot, but also get the crew to the location safely and speedily for the shoot itself!

I’m always curious about companies such as Fortius One and new technological advances in general, so the blog post below caught my eye:

Off the Map Presents Top 25 Blogs in GIS, GeoWeb and Cartography | Off the Map – Official Blog of FortiusOne.

Here at Off the Map we’re always interested in what bloggers have to say about new technologies and services in GIS and on the GeoWeb. With our interest in cartography through the development of Maker!, we’ve broadened the categories beyond just GIS and GeoWeb blogs.

Google Maps Geocoder

Location Scout Resource: Google Maps Geocoder via Aemkei at Sumaato Blog.

The web-savvy location scout needing to create a means of including a searchable map with the ability to geocode locations will need a Google Maps API Key and the code contained on the Google Maps Geocoder page.

I have customized the code to center the map on Columbus Circle, New York City, NY and customized the map size. I have also embedded it in this post using an iframe (thanks Rudin). The page that has been embedded can be seen here.

This is really just a starting point for working with Google Maps, there are many more hacks and features that can be added to a map which I will report as I learn how to implement them!

Just change the address in the box to an address for which you would like to know the map location and hit the GO button.

Google Maps will give you the geocoded address (if it is in their quite massive database).

Platial Map Tools

Location Scout Resource: Mapkit / Platial

Mapkit is MIA. It was a useful map tool for location scouting. MapKit | MapKit is now Platial Platial has some map tools as well.

Sometime ago I was investigating map sites and various map mashups that utilise Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, geotagging and various mapping api’s. Many map sites and their respective features are free and have possibilities for use by location scouts such as myself especially with regard to logistics.

Mapkit by Platial featured the ability to add multiple locations on a map and create multiple maps per account enabling, for an example, a location scout or location manager to create different maps (with multiple locations on each map, if needed) for different shoot days of a single production, or for different productions.

  • About Platial
  • My Platial Profile
  • Places tagged: location scout – Platial.com
  • Update 2/5/2008 Mapkit has addded advertising on its maps since I last checked. Its looks pretty evil, but I suppose Mapkit needs sponsors to stay in business. At least the text ads appear to be travel related… RH

Mapsack – via Museum of Modern Betas (MOMB)

Location Scout Resource: Mapsack Widget

Note: Mapsack and WidgetBox both seem to be offline at this writing, or, at least not doing what they were doing when this post was originally written.

10 Sites like Mapsack – moreofit.com

10 Sites like Mapsack – moreofit.com

Previously…here is a way to imbed your Flickr photos on your website using the Mapsack Flickr Widget, which could be useful for a location scout wishing to present locations to a client at the same time illustrating said locations’ geographic postion(s).

You will need a Flickr account (and some photos in that account that have been geotagged).

Unless you have some experience working with WordPress don’t bother. If you have no idea what the term “javascript” means, then don’t bother.

Use the links and info given in this post to explore for yourself and complete your project to your own end. DO NOT contact me for support and please understand that I accept no responsibility for anything you do (or undo) to your website playing around with any of these toys. Otherwise- have fun!


Location Scout Resource: Auto-Geotagged Photos

One less piece of expensive electronic equipment (GPS) for a location scout to lug around, to think about (or lose / break)?

CNet News

CNet | WebWare | Geotate service geared to ease geotagging

By Stephen Shankland | January 30, 2008 4:43 PM PST | …via Explorers on the Moon | Geotagging Made Easy

LAS VEGAS–A company called Geotate hopes to use an Internet service to lower a significant barrier to the technologically challenging practice of geotagging.

Geotagging, which uses a global positioning system to attach location data to photos to build in more descriptive data, is at present a difficult and largely manual process appealing mostly to serious photo enthusiasts. That’s largely because it’s too hard right now to build GPS directly into a camera for automated geotagging, so photographers must carry a separate GPS device and then marry the location data to the photos after the fact.

read more


Google Search – geotate


News: Geotate Joins UBlox

Google Earth Hacks

Location Scout TV / Movie Locations Using Google Earth

GoogleEarthHacks.com | TV show/movie locations

Where television shows or movies were filmed. Get more info about your favorite movies and TV shows at Screen Dig.

read the rest

WFMU – Beware of the Blog!

Location Scout Resource: WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: Using Google Earth to find famous film locations

Using Google Earth to find famous film locations | Posted by Mark Allen on February 22, 2006 at 08:34 PM

I captured these current satellite images of locations where eleven of my favorite movies were filmed. It took a little bit of detective work, and double-checking some addresses, but with a little bit of ‘zooming, flying and spinning’ over these places with a detailed-oriented eye (and a re-examining of my DVDs) I’m sure I have my information correct.

…I found current satellite captures of locations from the films Blow Up, Harold and Maude, Friday the 13th, La Dolce Vita, Heathers, Dog Day Afternoon, Back to the Future, The Birds, Fight Club, Logan’s Run and Psycho…”


WFMU Free Form Blog Feed

i-hacked Twitter Page

Location Scout Resource: Interesting Google Maps Locations

The Edge of I-Hacked 100s of Interesting Google Maps Locations

Posted by hevnsnt underInternet, Tech

Using Google Maps we can find some satellite pictures of some pretty amazing things. Here are a few I and some friends have found. Please post in the comment section if you have any others!

Interesting Locations


GPS Cameras at Amazon

Google Maps at Amazon

London UK at Amazon

Google Earth at Amazon

Location Scout Mapping Resources at Amazon

Movie Home Locations at Amazon


Location Scout – Location Manager Blog Posts on a Map

This page updates regularly with aggregated excerpts of blog posts related to location scouting and location management for production for film / photo / video / television, pinned to a Google Map to indicate the location of the origin of a given blog post. The blog post would have had to have been geotagged in order to appear on the map.

There is a considerable amount of geotagged location scout related content here on nyc.locationscout.us as well as content about the subject of geotagging itself. Look in bottom left hand area of any post or page on nyc.locationscout.us for related content, in the case of this particular page, which has content about location scouting, blogs, search, news, geotagging, maps, Google, Technorati and Twitter; there should be links to several other pages on nyc.locationscout.us containing relevant and useful content. Every post or page contains a search form as well.

Resources used for the Location Scouting – Location Management Blog Posts Map include:


Stuff you don’t need 😉 GPS @ Amazon