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Using social media to find places of interest

Van Canneyt, Steven, Van Laere, Olivier, Schockaert, Steven ORCID: and Dhoedt, Bart 2012. Using social media to find places of interest. Presented at: 20th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2012), Redondo Beach, CA, USA, 6-9 November 2012. GEOCROWD '12 Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Crowdsourced and Volunteered Geographic Information. New York: ACM, pp. 2-8. 10.1145/2442952.2442954

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In this paper, we show how the large amount of geographically annotated data in social media can be used to complement existing place databases. After explaining our method, we illustrate how this approach can be used to discover new instances of a given semantic type, using London as a case study. In particular, for several place types, our method finds places in London that are not yet contained in the databases used by Foursquare, Google, LinkedGeoData and Geonames. Encouraged by these results, we briefly sketch how similar techniques could potentially be used to identify likely errors in existing databases, to estimate the spatial extent of places, to discover semantic relationships between place types, and to recommend tags to users who are uploading photos.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Publisher: ACM
ISBN: 9781450316941
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Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 10:01

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