#Bigdata and geoweb

“This paper is a call to think beyond such limited analyses of the geoweb and the nowpopularized, simplistic visions of big data as an atheoretical solution to understanding the spatial  dimensions of everyday life that are increasing well documented on the geoweb (see Anderson  2008 for the most notable example of this kind of thinking). To think beyond the geoweb, we  suggest a reorientation of geoweb research in five key ways. First, we argue that the study of  geoweb practices should go beyond simple visualizations of content using latitude/longitude  coordinates. Second, we propose that geoweb research promote a perspective beyond the “here and now,” an approach which attends to the significance of spatial relations as they evolve over time. Third, we point to the promise of analysis that is not limited to the explicitly-geographic dimensions of geoweb activity but includes a relational dimension, such as social network analysis. Fourth, we highlight the fact that geoweb content is not produced solely by human users, but is the product of a complex, more-than-human assemblage involving a diversity of actors, including automated content producers like Twitter spam robots. Finally, we highlight the importance of including non-user-generated data, such as governmental or proprietary corporate data sources, as a supplement in geoweb research”


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Cosimo Accoto

Research Affiliate at MIT | Author "Il Mondo Ex Machina" (Egea) | Philosopher-in-Residence | Business Innovation Advisor | www.cosimoaccoto.com

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