Eyewitness volunteer reporters with camera- and GPS-enabled phones are needed to help map the effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A call has gone out on Twitter for people in the area of the Gulf of Mexico with camera- and GPS-enabled phones to help out with mapping.
When I tested this, the process was dead simple on the Verizon Droid Incredible using the built-in Twitter client called Peep. The following setup instructions are for the Incredible. It's the only phone I have and the only Android device I've tested. Other phones will have different procedures and settings. For the record, the Android Firmware version is 2.1-update1.
Setting up Location
First, go to Settings and select Wireless & Networks. Check the Wi-Fi option and connect to any available Wi-Fi networks. Next, go back to Settings and select Location. Check the Use Wireless Networks option. Check the Use GPS Satellites option. Select the LOCATION ON radio button.
You will get a warning message telling you that you are sharing your location. Since were setting up to do field work, you want to do this, so say OK. Just remember to turn it off when you're hanging out with your friends later. Finally, go back to Settings and select Privacy. Check the Use My Location option. Youll get another warning; select Agree.
Setting up the Camera Application to Tag Photos
Start up the Camera application. If you're holding the device in landscape orientation, pull the menu tab on the left to the right. At the bottom of the menu, you'll see two gears. That's the Settings menu.
There are a number of settings, but the two you want to be sure you have are time stamping and geo-tagging. Make sure the Geo-tag Photos and Time Stamp options are set (green check-mark is present). If they are set, the pictures you take will have meta-data with the time they were taken and the GPS location.