PART 2: VERIFYING PICTURES & PLACES
We continue our series of online fact-checking resources for journalists to ensure that their facts, figures and all information are verified and authentic. With the advancement of technology around the world, several digital tools have been made available to journalists to ensure that their stories are legit.
This selection specifically provides help on how to verify locations and images:
- Google Maps https://maps.google.com/
This online map gives us high-res aerial views of many parts of the planet. The satellite images are supplemented with additional viewing options including terrain, weather, 360-degree street views and user photos.
- Flickr www.flickr.com
A long-proved photo sharing platform that can be used to search for geolocated photos that you could use to compare with the location information available to you
- Google Translate App http://translate.google.com/
Google Translate now comes with the option to scan images for live translation. Use this feature of the app to find clues that could verify a location such as street signs.
- NASA Earth Observatory http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/
NASA’s Earth Observatory is a repository of image-based data from around the world. Created to present satellite images with relevant information with the general public around the world, you can access their data freely.
- Wikimapia http://wikimapia.org/
This Crowd-Sourced Wiki edition of Google Maps comes with key points and places of interest with accompanying information.
- Wolfram Alpha http://www.wolframalpha.com/
This search engine can respond to your located related questions by using a set of curated data from its expanding knowledge base. Unlike regular search engines Wolfram Alpha will give you direct, factual information along with its images.
When you upload or entering the URL of an image found online, Google enables you to find related content like similar images or companion sites using similar images.
- YouTube Data Viewer http://www.amnestyusa.org/citizenevidence/
This tool was created by Amnesty International and is designed to show a video’s exact upload date and upload time. It will also provide a number of additional thumbnail images which includes an option of a Google based on each of the images and videos.
- Findexif.com http://www.findexif.com/
This is a simple tool that can be used to extract the EXIF information of an image or video.
- Foto Forensics http://fotoforensics.com/
This is a web based tool that runs an analysis to help indicate information within parts of an image could have been altered. It will provide exact details such as pinpointing the exact area of the imahe where the alteration has been made.
This free, Windows-based app is designed to detect if an image has been edited or manipulated in some way. It does this by being able to read several file types like AVI, DNG, PDF, THM and JPEG and retrieves the metadata of the image like date of capture, camera settings and so on.