Mobile phones, are, by their nature, mobile. They move around. So it probably comes as no surprise that the single most commonly sent SMS is Where are you?

The aim of the GeoSMS standard is to allow this question to be answered concisely and efficiently by geotagging an SMS. In other words, by embedding a set of spatial coordinates in the body of the message. Not only is this a handy way to find your friends, but it could also be used to order taxis, report crimes, and maybe even find the nearest ATM.

This blog is the official home of the GeoSMS standard. It serves as a repository for the formal specification, as a platform for publicizing new applications that use the standard, and as a forum for handling questions and comments.

It is currently being maintained by Matthew Kwan, a PhD Candidate in Geospatial Science at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia.

Note that the views expressed in this blog are strictly personal, and do not necessarily reflect the views of RMIT or the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences.


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