Web video geolocation by geotagged social resources

Yi Cheng Song, Yong Dong Zhang, Juan Cao, Tian Xia, Wu Liu, Jin Tao Li

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This paper considers the problem of web video geolocation: we hope to determine where on the Earth a web video was taken. By analyzing a 6.5-million geotagged web video dataset, we observe that there exist inherent geography intimacies between a video with its relevant videos (related videos and same-author videos). This social relationship supplies a direct and effective cue to locate the video to a particular region on the earth. Based on this observation, we propose an effective web video geolocation algorithm by propagating geotags among the web video social relationship graph. For the video that have no geotagged relevant videos, we aim to collect those geotagged relevant images that are content similar with the video (share some visual or textual information with the video) as the cue to infer the location of the video. The experiments have demonstrated the effectiveness of both methods, with the geolocation accuracy much better than state-of-the-art approaches. Finally, an online web video geolocation system: Video2Locatoin (V2L) is developed to provide public access to our algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6054059
Pages (from-to)456-470
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Multimedia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received May 19, 2011; revised August 12, 2011; accepted October 06, 2011. Date of publication October 19, 2011; date of current version March 21, 2012. This work was supported in part by the Natural Science Foundation of Beijing under Grant 4112055, the National Nature Science Foundation of China under Grant 61172153 and Grant 60902090, the Co-building Program of Beijing Municipal Education Commission, Beijing New Star Project on Science & Technology, under Grant 2007B071. The associate editor coordinating the review of this manuscript and approving it for publication was Dr. Jiangchuan (JC) Liu.


  • Geolocation by geotagged relevant videos
  • V2L
  • geo location by relevant geotagged images
  • label propagation
  • video content analysis
  • web video geolocation


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