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The recent emergence of new forms of geo-social data, deriving from social media, sensors, and mobile phones, calls for an update to the methodological toolbox of social sciences. The new methods and tools need to harmonise with the inherent characteristics and challenges of the emerging data sources. This talk demonstrates how SocialGlass, a web-based system for (real-time) urban analytics, helps improve the understanding of human dynamics in modern-day cities, by capitalising on new geo-social data and pioneering data science techniques. Emphasis is on real-world applications, regarding social area analysis, crowd dynamics during large-scale events, and location prediction of new urban functions across different cities.
Presentation at the Centre for BOLD (Big, Open & Linked Data) Cities anniversary meet-up | Erasmus University Rotterdam -- May 29, 2017