Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 171–195 | Cite as

A virtual globe tool for searching and visualizing geo-referenced media resources in social networks

  • Arturo Beltran
  • Carlos Abargues
  • Carlos Granell
  • Manuela Núñez
  • Laura Díaz
  • Joaquín Huerta


The current collaborative context and resource sharing that drives Web 2.0 is gaining importance within academia and industry, which is stimulating the development of new techniques for content retrieval, sharing and analysis over user-generated media content. This poses new challenges and research opportunities in spatial-based discovery media resources over varied sources, since location context is being increasingly supported in most of these social networks and services. In this paper, we present a virtual globe tool for searching and visualizing geo-referenced media resources. Our approach is based on the integration of search technologies, description languages for annotating collections of geo-referenced media resources and visualization techniques. The combination of these techniques is materialized in a virtual globe-based tool to facilitate searching and presentation of geo-referenced media resources available in different social networks.


User-generated content retrieval Social networks Geo-referenced media resources Virtual globes OpenSearch KML MIMEXT 



This work has been partially supported by the “España Virtual” project (ref. CENIT 2008-1030) through the Instituto Geográfico Nacional. The authors wish to thank Dori Apanewicz for proof-reading the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arturo Beltran
    • 1
  • Carlos Abargues
    • 1
  • Carlos Granell
    • 1
  • Manuela Núñez
    • 1
  • Laura Díaz
    • 1
  • Joaquín Huerta
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of New Imaging TechnologiesUniversitat Jaume ICastellónSpain

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