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The Rio Olympic Games: A Look into City Dynamics through the Lens of Twitter Data

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tGIS Research Group, Geography Department, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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LoCUS Interdisciplinary Lab on Complex Urban & Regional Spatial Processes, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Transport Research Centre (TRANSyT-UPM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 7003; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177003
Received: 11 July 2020 / Revised: 5 August 2020 / Accepted: 13 August 2020 / Published: 27 August 2020
The Olympic Games have a huge impact on the cities where they are held, both during the actual celebration of the event, and before and after it. This study presents a new approach based on spatial analysis, GIS, and data coming from Location-Based Social Networks to model the spatiotemporal dimension of impacts associated with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Geolocalized data from Twitter are used to analyze the activity pattern of users from two different viewpoints. The first monitors the activity of Twitter users during the event—The arrival of visitors, where they came from, and the use which residents and tourists made of different areas of the city. The second assesses the spatiotemporal use of the city by Twitter users before the event, compared to the use during and after the event. The results not only reveal which spaces were the most used while the Games were being held but also changes in the urban dynamics after the Games. Both approaches can be used to assess the impacts of mega-events and to improve the management and allocation of urban resources such as transport and public services infrastructure. View Full-Text
Keywords: Twitter; spatiotemporal analysis; mega-events; Olympic Games Twitter; spatiotemporal analysis; mega-events; Olympic Games
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Condeço-Melhorado, A.; Mohino, I.; Moya-Gómez, B.; García-Palomares, J.C. The Rio Olympic Games: A Look into City Dynamics through the Lens of Twitter Data. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7003. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177003

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Condeço-Melhorado A, Mohino I, Moya-Gómez B, García-Palomares JC. The Rio Olympic Games: A Look into City Dynamics through the Lens of Twitter Data. Sustainability. 2020; 12(17):7003. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177003

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Condeço-Melhorado, Ana, Inmaculada Mohino, Borja Moya-Gómez, and Juan C. García-Palomares. 2020. "The Rio Olympic Games: A Look into City Dynamics through the Lens of Twitter Data" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 7003. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12177003

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