Journal Article
C-IMAGE: city cognitive mapping through geo-tagged photos

Traditional research categorizes people’s perceptions towards city into Kevin Lynch’s five elements: node, path, edge, district, and landmark. However, enabled by the proliferation of crowd sourced data this paper utilizes geo-tagged photos to detect, measure, and analyze people’s perceptions. This paper introduces a project called C-IMAGE, which analyzes the interactions between city and human perception through the massive amount of photos taken in 26 different cities: one based on the metadata and the other based on image content. Important discoveries through them include that (1) C-IMAGE can partially confirm Kevin Lynch’s city image efficiently; (2) There are mainly four prototypes among the tested 26 cities, based on the 7 urban perceptions based C-IMAGE; (3) C-IMAGE shows the gap between subjective perceptions and objective environment while compared to traditional urban indicators.

Title
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLiu L, Zhou B, Zhao J, Ryan BD
JournalGeoJournal
Volume81
Issue6
Pagination817–861
Date Published08/2016
KeywordsCity image, Cognitive mapping, Geo-tagged photos, Urban computing
Abstract

Traditional research categorizes people’s perceptions towards city into Kevin Lynch’s five elements: node, path, edge, district, and landmark. However, enabled by the proliferation of crowd sourced data this paper utilizes geo-tagged photos to detect, measure, and analyze people’s perceptions. This paper introduces a project called C-IMAGE, which analyzes the interactions between city and human perception through the massive amount of photos taken in 26 different cities: one based on the metadata and the other based on image content. Important discoveries through them include that (1) C-IMAGE can partially confirm Kevin Lynch’s city image efficiently; (2) There are mainly four prototypes among the tested 26 cities, based on the 7 urban perceptions based C-IMAGE; (3) C-IMAGE shows the gap between subjective perceptions and objective environment while compared to traditional urban indicators.

URLhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10708-016-9739-6
DOI10.1007/s10708-016-9739-6
Refereed DesignationRefereed