Open-Source Geolocation: Without Metadata – 2019 OSMOSIS Session Topic

Chris Brenner

This presentation will provide an overview of the process of geospatial analysis of online content (photographs and video) for geolocation of people and assets. The methodology is based on open-source resources such as Google Streetview, Google Earth and county GIS websites. All resources introduced will be without the help of EXIF data, GPS coordinates and other metadata that many social media platforms strip away from content. These techniques can provide valuable intelligence to analysts for use in determining where photographs or videos may have been taken from and the possible location of people and assets of interest. This information can be used for investigative efforts, threat assessments and security risk management purposes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know what to look for in online content to assist in geospatial analysis for geolocation purposes.
  • Determine how to utilize open-source resources to identify where photographs or videos may have been taken from and the possible location of people and assets of interest.
  • Learn ways to safeguard your or your clients’ personal location or location of sensitive assets online.