Digital Placemaking: Augmenting Physical Places with Contextual Social Data
Germaine Halegoua, Raz Schwartz, Organizers
Technical Report WS-15-16
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People have embraced social media as a means to express their experiences within and knowledge about particular places, and researchers have continued to analyze these digital traces in order to better understand social activities within particular places. Geo-tagged social media data such as photos, tweets, check-ins, audio, video, and status updates have proliferated and reveal individual and collective senses of place and local insights into interactions between people and place (R. Schwartz, Online Place Attachment: Exploring Technological Ties to Physical Places, Mobility and Locative Media: Mobile Communication in Hybrid Spaces, Routledge, 2014). However, these digital traces alone cannot reveal a holistic sense of place and placemaking.
This workshop brought industry professionals, academic researchers, community organizers, architects, artists, municipal officials, and urban planners together in an intellectual and material exploration of timely questions pertaining to social media, big data, and the role they may play in creating or exploring placemaking processes. Participants showcased their ongoing and emerging projects; demonstrated and discussed theoretical, methodological, ethical, and political questions in regard to the study of placemaking and social media; and participated in an interactive outdoor data exploration session where participants collected experiential data about the city of Oxford and collaboratively tackled a specific social media dataset related to the experiential data collected. The goal was to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration as well as mutual understandings of the value of employing social media to understand place and space.