Find web pages of nearby places based on GPS coordinates

Web-Enhanced GPS by Ramaswamy Hariharan , John Krumm and Eric Horvitz, a paper presented at Location- and Context-Awareness: First International Workshop, LoCA 2005.

Location-based services like reminders, electronic graffiti, and tourist guides normally require a custom, location-sensitive database that must be custom-tailored for the application at hand. This deployment cost reduces the initial appeal of such services. However, there is much location-tagged data already available on the Web which can be easily used to create compelling location-aware applications with almost no deployment cost. Such tagged data can be used directly in applications as well as to provide evidence in models of activity. We describe three applications that take advantage of existing Web data combined with location measurements from a GPS receiver. The first application, Pinpoint Search, finds web pages of nearby places based on GPS coordinates, queries from a Web mapping service, and general Web searches. The second application, XRay, uses the mapping service to find businesses in a building by pointing a GPS-equipped electronic compass at the building. The third application is called Travelogue, and it builds a map and clickable points of interest to help automatically annotate a trip based on GPS coordinates. Finally, we discuss the use of Web-based data as rich sources of evidence for probabilistic models of a users activity, including a means for interpreting the explanation for the loss of Web signals as users enter structures.

Why do I blog this? because there seems to be intriguing usage of GPS here and because I'm curious to see the outcomes of the potential application describes at the end.