Using Flickr to rethink how people photograph destinations
The under-appreciated Flickr service is filled with insights about travel and tourism that are just begging to be explored.
Excerpt from The Atlantic Cities
What do people photograph when they visit Fort Mason, an army base-turned-cultural center on the San Francisco waterfront?
Instead of heading down with a clipboard to do interviews, UC-Berkeley researcher Alexander Dunkel analyzed data from Flickr. Using geotags, which relay the exact location of the photographer, he was able to place over 125,000 photos on a map of the area [PDF, below], with expanding colored disks indicating the popularity of a certain viewpoints.
… His findings, which won him an Honor Award at the American Society of Landscape Architects 2012 Student Awards, deliver a new, precise understanding of how people see what’s around them.
Also seen at: Alexander Dunkel's map