How does it work
Version 3.2 has been released. Click here for more info.
Integrate GEOLocate's georeferencing algorithms into your own applications and/or databases via GEOLocate Web Services.
Version 3.0 has been released.
This major update includes a framework for multilingual georeferencing as well as a "Community Edition" extension which supports collaborative georeferencing.
Click here for more details.
The collaborative georeferencing web portal can be found here.
TDWG 2008 Presentation on collaborative georeferencing using GEOLocate.
GEOLocate has been expanded to include
global georeferencing. Click here
Natural History collections have traditionally served as a resource for
research on the taxonomy and systematics of organisms. Increasingly, specimens
and their data are being used in studies of ecology, conservation and
environmental biology. A major hurdle in implementing such studies with museum
data is the lack of georeferenced collection locations (map coordinates such as
latitude and longitude). Traditional methods for georeferencing collection
data (capturing map coordinates) from text descriptions are tedious and time
consuming, typically involving finding the locality on either a hardcopy or
digital maps, plotting the locality, and determining the coordinates. GEOLocate
is a comprehensive electronic georeferencing solution funded by the National
Science Foundations and developed by Tulane University's Museum of Natural
History designed to facilitate this task of assigning geographic coordinates to
the locality data associated with natural history collections. The
primary goals of developing GEOLocate were to
develop an algorithm to convert textual natural
history data into latitude and longitude for North America,
provide an interface for visualization and further
adjustment of generated coordinates,
provide a simple solution for users to import and
georeference their data,
provide an auto-updating feature,
provide support for GEOLocate through project web
site, email and phone.
from this project were presented at the 2003 Natural Science Collections
Alliance Meeting, the 2003 American Society for Ichthyologists and
Herpetologists Meeting, georeferencing workshops held on georefencing at Kansas
University and Yale University and at the TDWG 2004 meeting. Since it's
release, over 800 copies of GEOLocate has been distributed to various
museums, collections and researchers. The feedback we have
received from users indicates that GEOLocate is an essential tool in their