I have been using instgram a lot. If you follow me on instagram you would have noticed pictures of postboxes. If you check the details they all have a similar tagging pattern. They all are tagged with #openbangalore #postbox and #pin
<pin_code>. The last tag #pin<pin_code> in real will look like #pin560100. All these pictures belong to my secret project called postboxes.
I like sending post cards. It’s such a pain to send post card because its difficult to find a postbox. There aren’t many these days. So for last few months I had been taking geo tagged pictures thinking one day I will clean them up. But that never happened.
But then instagram gave me an option to collect and organize this data in a fun way. I jumped into it. So now I instagram a post box with #openbangalore #postbox and #pin<pin_code>. I also geo tag them. I have a script which uses the instagram API and pulls the image url,Tags, Location, Time, User credits out of it. Cleans up that data and inserts into a SQLite database.
Now I am waiting for the database to build. I am planning to write a web app where you can search for a postbox depending on location or pincode. Of course I will make the DB available at OpenPostbox once we reach minimum data.
If you live in India and use instagram.
- Please take picture of postbox using instagram
- Tag it with #openpostboxindia and #pin<pin_code> where &l;tpin_code> is real pincode
- Check this image for on instagram for example.
- Geo tag it before submitting
- Other tags like #postbox or #postoffice are useful but not necessary.
If you are interested in running similar project. You can do that too. Use the following code pull the data. Change the tag #openpostboxindia to something that makes sense for your city.
Open Post Box is an open source project.If you are interested in contributing. Please get the code from https://github.com/datameet/openpostbox. Before you try to implement something please get in touch with me. So we can plan and share the work :)
Data is under Open Database License
Code is under GNU GPL v3.
Privacy:Information like time, place(exact location), username etc are exposed to the world. Please make sure you are okay with exposing such details with world. If you are not please let me know. I will remove such details.
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i@ thejeshgn . com
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