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Visualizing the Data City

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

Authors: Ciuccarelli, Paolo, Lupi, Giorgia, Simeone, Luca

  • 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
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Paolo Ciuccarelli is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano and Chair of the Communication programs. His research activity focuses on the development of data, information and knowledge visualization tools and methods. He is also the founder and director of Density Design Research Lab.

Giorgia Lupi is an information designer and researcher at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Her work in information visualization frequently crosses the divide between digital and print, exploring visual models and metaphors to represent dense and rich data-driven stories. She is co-founder and design director at Accurat, an information design company based in Milan and New York.

Luca Simeone is a PhD candidate at Malmö University, Sweden. He is the founder of Vianet, an interaction design agency focused on delivering advanced technology and design solutions based on ethnographic research methods.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“The authors present how social media interactions, like Twitter comments, Pickles reviews, and Foursquare check-ins, can help researchers and urban planners to analyze the urban space. … There are numerous potentially captivating figures and tables illustrating the presented concepts and case studies. … This book serves as a handy overview of this interesting emerging field.” (D. Spinellis, Computing Reviews, July, 2014)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ciuccarelli, Paolo (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • We Live in Informational Landscapes

    Ciuccarelli, Paolo (et al.)

    Pages 5-15

  • Depicting the Data City

    Ciuccarelli, Paolo (et al.)

    Pages 17-22

  • Methodological Framework

    Ciuccarelli, Paolo (et al.)

    Pages 23-29

  • Working in the Field

    Ciuccarelli, Paolo (et al.)

    Pages 31-54

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-02195-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-02194-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Visualizing the Data City
Book Subtitle
Social Media as a Source of Knowledge for Urban Planning and Management
Authors
Series Title
PoliMI SpringerBriefs
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02195-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02195-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-02194-2
Series ISSN
2282-2577
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 76
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 b/w illustrations
Topics