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Visualizing the Data City

Social Media as a Source of Knowledge for Urban Planning and Management

Ciuccarelli, Paolo, Lupi, Giorgia, Simeone, Luca

2014, IX, 76 p. 24 illus.

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  • Describes new categories and original interpretations of social media data as a novel source of urban information
  • Presents two ongoing research projects (Telltale and Urban Sensing) and their results
  • Adopts a design-oriented approach
This book investigates novel methods and technologies for the collection, analysis, and representation of real-time user-generated data at the urban scale in order to explore potential scenarios for more participatory design, planning, and management processes. For this purpose, the authors present a set of experiments conducted in collaboration with urban stakeholders at various levels (including citizens, city administrators, urban planners, local industries, and NGOs) in Milan and New York in 2012. It is examined whether geo-tagged and user-generated content can be of value in the creation of meaningful, real-time indicators of urban quality, as it is perceived and communicated by the citizens. The meanings that people attach to places are also explored to discover what such an urban semantic layer looks like and how it unfolds over time. As a conclusion, recommendations are proposed for the exploitation of user-generated content in order to answer hitherto unsolved urban questions. Readers will find in this book a fascinating exploration of techniques for mining the social web that can be applied to procure user-generated content as a means of investigating urban dynamics.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Data Visualization - Information Visualization - Social Mining - Urban Informatics - User Generated Content

Related subjects » Database Management & Information Retrieval - Geography

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