Social Geoscape: Visualizing an Image of the City for Mobile UI Using User Generated Geo-Tagged Objects

  • Koh Sueda
  • Takashi Miyaki
  • Jun Rekimoto
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 104)


In this paper, we propose a people-powered location recognition application, Social Geoscape (SGS) that provides highly descriptive geographical information to mobile users. GPS provides the user with latitude and longitude values; however, these values are cumbersome for determining a precise location. A traditional reverse-geocoding database system (i.e., one that converts latitude and longitude values into street addresses) provides locative information based on administrative labeling, but people often do not recognize locations or their surrounding environs from street addresses alone. To address this problem with location recognition, we have created Social Geoscape, a reverse geocoding system that enhances locative data with user-generated information and provides assistance through a mobile interface.


Social tagging Visualization Design Urban sensing Mobile interaction Reverse geocoding AR Social Geoscape 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koh Sueda
    • 1
    • 2
  • Takashi Miyaki
    • 3
  • Jun Rekimoto
    • 4
  1. 1.The Univesity of TokyoJapan
  2. 2.National University of SingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
  4. 4.Sony CSLThe University of TokyoJapan

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