Posted by: adamgilg | August 10, 2010

Geotagging Tourists

Tourists and Locals: tourist photos are red, locals blue, and yellow unknown

Flickr user Eric Fischer, back in June, put up a collection of maps that made the internet rounds back in June.  These maps collated data from the geotagging of photos in a number of cities across the globe, looking at where the users usually took their photos from.  Those who “have taken pictures in this city dated over a range of a month or more” were considered locals, while those “who seem to be a local of a different city and who took pictures in this city for less than a month” were labeled tourists.  The result, for Vancouver, is seen above, showing all of the tourist versus local hotspots.  It provides a fascinating look at the use of space in the city, albeit by a specific demographic (that is, those with the technology and know-how to be geotagging and posting on flickr).

One of the best parts is the discussion running in the comments, where one flickr user seems to be largely responsible for the solid blue line covering the Adanac/Union bike route with his 1500 geotagged photos along it.  Interesting how one person’s obsession with a street (and a new tool like geotagging) shows up so prominently.  It’ll be neat to see how the increasing use of smartphones and other geotagging-capable equipment will lead to a cascade of new data on public space use – and what sort of projects will come out of it.

Locals and Tourists

– By Adam Gilgoff


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