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Comparing digital traces of modern travellers to journeys of two 18th-19th century British poets


Chesnokova, Olga; Gregory, Ian N; Purves, Ross S (2016). Comparing digital traces of modern travellers to journeys of two 18th-19th century British poets. International Conference on GIScience Short Paper Proceedings, 1(1):45-48.

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The growth of interest in georeferenced media brings with it a wealth of possibilities for exploring digital media, and importantly, for advancing research concerned with domain driven research questions. In this paper, we compare previous work, which extracted and analysed the spatial traces of two 18th-19th century poets in the English Lake District with modern data digital traces in the form of Flickr images. We explore the semantics of the modern day data through use of Latent Dirichlet Allocation, and analyse the extent to which modern day tourism mimics (or indeed follows) the foundations laid by Samuel Coleridge and Thomas Gray. Our results show that tourists, just like the poets, describe mountain landscapes from below and visit popular locations commonly perceived as beautiful.

Abstract

The growth of interest in georeferenced media brings with it a wealth of possibilities for exploring digital media, and importantly, for advancing research concerned with domain driven research questions. In this paper, we compare previous work, which extracted and analysed the spatial traces of two 18th-19th century poets in the English Lake District with modern data digital traces in the form of Flickr images. We explore the semantics of the modern day data through use of Latent Dirichlet Allocation, and analyse the extent to which modern day tourism mimics (or indeed follows) the foundations laid by Samuel Coleridge and Thomas Gray. Our results show that tourists, just like the poets, describe mountain landscapes from below and visit popular locations commonly perceived as beautiful.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:23 Mar 2018 11:00
Last Modified:13 Apr 2018 11:46
Publisher:eScholarship University of California
ISSN:2573-783X
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.21433/B31152g534d3

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