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Travel Itineraries from Flickr

Automatic Construction of Travel Itineraries using Social Breadcrumbs

From the abstract:

Vacation planning is one of the frequent—but nonetheless laborious—tasks that people engage themselves with online; requiring skilled interaction with a multitude of resources. This paper constructs intra-city travel itineraries automatically by tapping a latent source reflecting geo-temporal breadcrumbs left by millions of tourists. For example, the popular rich media sharing site, Flickr, allows photos to be stamped by the time of when they were taken and be mapped to Points Of Interests (POIs) by geographical (i.e. latitudelongitude) and semantic (e.g., tags) metadata.

Leveraging this information, we construct itineraries following a two-step approach. Given a city, we first extract photo streams of individual users. Each photo stream provides estimates on where the user was, how long he stayed at each place, and what was the transit time between places. In the second step, we aggregate all user photo streams into a POI graph. Itineraries are then automatically constructed from the graph based on the popularity of the POIs and subject to the user’s time and destination constraints.

Time Graphs

time-graphs

Such is the wonderful world of search results on google that in an inadvertent manner it helped me locate something that I was looking for and the name of which I had forgotten. When Murat posted tag galaxy I was immediately reminded of a stunning data visualization project on Flickr. But try as I might I could not remember what it was called. And then I woke up this morning to find that someone, somewhere in the world had conducted a search using the terms “flickr information visualization” and had found us. However number one on the search results was Time Graphs, which was the piece that I was looking for!

So here it is: Ladies and gentlemen, Time Graphs!

Good groups to join/look at on Flickr

I think you can (and should) join and contribute to these pools, provided that you do not give out your blog addresses or too much information related to whatever it is you are posting. Of course, there are many many more pools that are of potential interest to you on Flickr, also many on graphic design and typography, as well as really cool photography groups. So, you really should conduct a good search amongst Flickr groups in the areas which are of interest to you. Here is some of what I found which may relate to our area of work:

Cool Data Visualization Techniques – Information Visualization
http://www.flickr.com/groups/datavisualization/

Hard Drive Visualization
http://www.flickr.com/groups/28207780@N00/

InfoVis
http://www.flickr.com/groups/infovis/

Diagrams
http://www.flickr.com/groups/diagram/

Diagram Diaries
http://www.flickr.com/groups/diagrams/

Info Graphics
http://www.flickr.com/groups/16135094@N00/

Processing.org
http://www.flickr.com/groups/processing/

visual information
http://www.flickr.com/groups/visualinformation/

Create Digital Motion
http://www.flickr.com/groups/cdmo/

The Art of Science
http://www.flickr.com/groups/science-is-golden/

Generative Visuals
http://www.flickr.com/groups/vjing/

reactive environments
http://www.flickr.com/groups/reactiveenvironments/

SML Viz
http://www.flickr.com/groups/smlviz/

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