Workshop on Big Data and Urban Informatics


August 2014


Understanding urban dynamics is crucial for a number of domains, but it can be expensive and time consuming to gather necessary data. The rapid rise of social media has given us a new and massive source of geotagged data that can be transformative in terms of how we understand our cities. In this position paper, we describe three opportunities in using geotagged social media data: to help city planners, to help small businesses, and to help individuals adapt to their city better. We also sketch some possible research projects to help map out the design space, as well as discuss some limitations and challenges in using this kind of data.

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