Advertisement

Can a Map Save City Shops? Applications of Data Visualization to Represent the Material and Immaterial Urban Survey

  • Chiara VernizziEmail author
  • Donatella Bontempi
Conference paper
  • 230 Downloads
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1140)

Abstract

From the origins of civilization it is known that a picture is worth thousands words. However, the scientific study of visual communication applied to the data visualization represented on the territorial extension is a relatively recent field of research, dating back to the late 1800s, long after the first golden age of statistical graphics. The paper presents a case study in the city of Parma and it assumes that a thematic map can be more effective than a chart diagram in displaying the territorial distribution of the answers of a census of the commercial units of the city, realized with the collaboration of the shopkeepers. The translation of percentages and graphs in a thematic cartography, through the ultimate open-source tools of interactive mapping and live geolocation of the information, allows an immediate and intuitive visualization and a field control in real time. Even more, it underlines the spatial connections and the critical points and potentialities for those who must make decisions regarding the future of the commercial sector in a historical moment of serious crisis and rapid transformations.

Keywords

Urban survey Immaterial survey Infographic Data visualization Geolocation Interactive mapping 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The research presented in the paper is part of the agreement between ASCOM Parma and the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Parma for the data collection for a Commerce Observatory. Scientific responsibility for DIA prof. Paolo Giandebiaggi. Chiara Vernizzi is scientific coordinator of research for DIA. Donatella Bontempi prepared the survey sheets and coordinated the work of the students of the architecture survey course in A.A. 2016/17 and 2017/18, she elaborated the database and the graphic representations.

References

  1. Bontempi, D.: Memory in Names. Toponyms in historical cadastres for the analysis of the religious presence in the walled city. In: Proceedings of the 1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Environments for Education, Arts and Heritage. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Series, vol. 919. Springer, Cham (2019). https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-12240-9_66
  2. Burgio, V., Moretti, M.: Infographics as images: meaningfulness beyond Information. In: Proceedings of International and Interdisciplinary Conference IMMAGINI? Image and Imagination between Representation, Communication, Education and Psychology, vol. 1. MDPI (2017)Google Scholar
  3. Cennamo, G.M. (ed.): Processi di analisi per strategie di valorizzazione dei paesaggi urbani. Ermes, Roma (2016)Google Scholar
  4. Cirafici, A.: Rilievo, narrazione e processi di significazione. In: Giandebiaggi, P., Vernizzi, C. (eds.) Italian Survey & International Experience. Proceedings of the 36th International Conference of Teachers of the Representation, Parma, Gangemi, Roma (2014)Google Scholar
  5. Cundari, C. (ed.): Il rilievo urbano per sistemi complessi: un nuovo protocollo per un sistema informativo di documentazione e gestione della citta: Materiali dalla ricerca co-finanziata dal MIUR nel 2002. Kappa, Roma (2005)Google Scholar
  6. De Carlo, L. (ed.): Metamorfosi dell’immagine urbana. Gangemi, Roma (2015)Google Scholar
  7. Giandebiaggi, P., Vernizzi, C.: Rilevare le città/rappresentare la conoscenza con i sistemi informativi. In: Gambardella, C. (ed.). Le Vie dei Mercanti. Rappresentare la conoscenza: Proceedings of 7° International Forum, Capri. La scuola di Pitagora, Napoli, 6 p. (2011)Google Scholar
  8. Yeeply: La geolocalizzazione nello sviluppo delle applicazioni. Yeeply Blog (2017). https://it.yeeply.com/blog/geolocalizzazione-sviluppo-applicazioni/. Accessed February 2019
  9. Luigini, A., Moretti, M.: Visual journalism come strumento per la narrazione della città altra. In: Capano, F., Pascariello, M.I., Visone, M. (eds.) La Città Altra/The Other City. Proceedings of VIII International Conference CIRICE, pp. 1113–1122 (2018).  https://doi.org/10.6093/978-88-99930-03-5
  10. Marotta, A., Novello, G. (eds.): Disegno & Città: Cultura, arte, scienza, informazione. In: Proceedings of the 37th International Conference of Teachers of the Representation, Torino. Gangemi, Roma (2015)Google Scholar
  11. Mc Candless, D.: Information is beautiful. Collins, London (2009). https://informationisbeautiful.net/. Accessed February 2019
  12. Munari, B.: Design e comunicazione visiva. GLF Editori Laterza, Bari, Italia (1968, ed. cons. 2018)Google Scholar
  13. Paris, M., Limonta, G.: OSM come strumento di monitoraggio dei sistemi commerciali urbani. Geoingegneria Ambientale Mineraria, LIV, no. 2, pp. 103–108 (2017). https://www.academia.edu/35285116/OSM_come_strumento_di_monitoraggio_dei_sistemi_commerciali_urbani
  14. Vernizzi, C., Bontempi, D.: La rappresentazione della città per lo studio dei fenomeni urbani. Evoluzione metodologica attraverso casi studio. In: Marotta, A., Novello, G. (eds.) Disegno, & Città: Cultura, Arte, Scienza, Informazione: Proceedings of the 37th International Conference of Teachers of the Representation, Torino, pp. 871–878. Gangemi, Roma (2015)Google Scholar
  15. Wikimedia: OpenStreetMap sbarca a Parma. Wikimedia Italia (2017). https://www.wikimedia.it/openstreetmap-sbarca-parma/. Accessed February 2019
  16. Google Forms. https://www.google.it/intl/it/forms/about/. Accessed February 2019
  17. Google My Maps. www.google.com/intl/it/maps/about/mymaps/. Accessed February 2019
  18. Open Street Map. https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/44.80220/10.32649. Accessed February 2019
  19. MIT Senseable city lab. http://senseable.mit.edu/. Accessed February 2019

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering and Architecture (DIA)University of ParmaParmaItaly

Personalised recommendations