Following the Voice of the Crowd: Exploring Opportunities for Using Global Voting Data to Enrich Local Urban Context
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With the introduction of the internet to the public and the rise of digital technologies we experience a shift in our understanding of space. Mobile devices and ubiquitous computing in urban landscape make the physicality of distance disappear – the modern citizen is digitally connected to everybody at anytime and anywhere. The result of this network is a highly globalized world which effects economy same as personal interests and decisions of its inhabitants. The introduction of web 3.0 with its methods of comment, recommender and voting systems offers a broad platform for people all over the world to share experiences and exchange opinions about an unlimited variety of topics. Global opinions meet local interests.
In this paper we explore the possibilities of using global voting data to enrich locally the modern citizen’s urban walking experience. We describe a new approach to wayfinding by implementing methods of digital recommender systems into the physical world. We investigate Facebook voting data to generate an alternative to the shortest route, as suggested by common route finder systems, in order to maximize the pleasure of an urban stroll. The testing of the system in a real world context together with collected feedback stimulate the discussions.
KeywordsWayfinding Urban Pedestrian Navigation Social Networks Voting data Mobile Devices Recommendation Systems
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