Special Issue "Advances in Social Network Analysis – Spatio-Temporal and Semantic Methods"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Hartwig H. Hochmair
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Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (FLREC), University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, USA
Interests: crowd-sourced spatial data; social media; non-motorized transportation
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Dr. Levente Juhász
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Co-Guest Editor
GIS Center, Florida International University, Miami. FL, USA
Interests: GIScience; user-generated geodata; spatial analysis; geocomputation; citizen science; volunteered geographic information; geospatial web
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Dr. Bernd Resch
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Co-Guest Editor
1. Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
2. Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Interests: human-centred geoinformatics; geospatial machine learning; urban geoinformatics; fusion of human and technical sensors; people as sensors and collective sensing (VGI); real-time and smart cities; crowdsourcing; digital health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Data from geospatial applications, such as social media, location-based service (LBS) and volunteered geographic information (VGI) platforms, has become a prominent source for modeling human behavior and for better understanding complex social dynamics in geographic spaces. The massive amount of multi-dimensional data (spatial, temporal, semantic) from these sources is typically unstructured and thus calls for an advance in data representation, modeling, analysis, and visualization for the successful transition from data to information. This Special Issue is inviting contributions that demonstrate integrated analysis of spatial, temporal, and semantic data from social networks, including their content, linkage, and structure, towards a better understanding of social behavior, human interaction patterns and the dynamic characteristics of real-world phenomena and events. This involves novel use of machine learning approaches, analysis frameworks, data mining, and (geo-)statistical methods to exploit unstructured content of social network data. This Special Issue also encourages the demonstration of new analytical tools, discussion of current data privacy and licensing issues, the exploration of data from lesser known social media, LBS, and VGI platforms, and the application of fusion methods of data across multiple platforms.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hartwig H. Hochmair
Dr. Levente Juhász
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bernd Resch
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Location-based social networks
  • Real time data exploration
  • Data mining
  • Data fusion
  • Scalable frameworks
  • Unstructured data
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Spatio-temporal analytics
  • Semantic analysis
  • User behavior analysis

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Passive Mobile Data for Studying Seasonal Tourism Mobilities: An Application in a Mediterranean Coastal Destination
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(2), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10020098 - 22 Feb 2021
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The article uses passive mobile data to analyse the complex mobilities that occur in a coastal region characterised by seasonal patterns of tourism activity. A large volume of data generated by mobile phone users has been selected and processed to subsequently display the [...] Read more.
The article uses passive mobile data to analyse the complex mobilities that occur in a coastal region characterised by seasonal patterns of tourism activity. A large volume of data generated by mobile phone users has been selected and processed to subsequently display the information in the form of visualisations that are useful for transport and tourism research, policy, and practice. More specifically, the analysis consisted of four steps: (1) a dataset containing records for four days—two on summer days and two in winter—was selected, (2) these were aggregated spatially, temporally, and differentiating trips by local residents, national tourists, and international tourists, (3) origin-destination matrices were built, and (4) graph-based visualisations were created to provide evidence on the nature of the mobilities affecting the study area. The results of our work provide new evidence of how the analysis of passive mobile data can be useful to study the effects of tourism seasonality in local mobility patterns. Full article
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Linking Geosocial Sensing with the Socio-Demographic Fabric of Smart Cities
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(2), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10020052 - 27 Jan 2021
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Technological advances have enabled new sources of geoinformation, such as geosocial media, and have supported the propagation of the concept of smart cities. This paper argues that a city cannot be smart without citizens in the loop, and that a geosocial sensor might [...] Read more.
Technological advances have enabled new sources of geoinformation, such as geosocial media, and have supported the propagation of the concept of smart cities. This paper argues that a city cannot be smart without citizens in the loop, and that a geosocial sensor might be one component to achieve that. First, we need to better understand which facets of urban life could be detected by a geosocial sensor, and how to calibrate it. This requires replicable studies that foster longitudinal and comparative research. Consequently, this paper examines the relationship between geosocial media content and socio-demographic census data for a global city, London, at two administrative levels. It aims for a transparent study design to encourage replication, using Term Frequency—Inverse Document Frequency of keywords, rule-based and word-embedding sentiment analysis, and local cluster analysis. The findings of limited links between geosocial media content and socio-demographic characteristics support earlier critiques on the utility of geosocial media for smart city planning purposes. The paper concludes that passive listening to publicly available geosocial media, in contrast to pro-active engagement with citizens, seems of limited use to understand and improve urban quality of life. Full article
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An Overview of Social Media Apps and their Potential Role in Geospatial Research
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(9), 526; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9090526 - 01 Sep 2020
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Social media apps provide analysts with a wide range of data to study behavioral aspects of our everyday lives and to answer societal questions. Although social media data analysis is booming, only a handful of prominent social media apps, such as Twitter, Foursquare/Swarm, [...] Read more.
Social media apps provide analysts with a wide range of data to study behavioral aspects of our everyday lives and to answer societal questions. Although social media data analysis is booming, only a handful of prominent social media apps, such as Twitter, Foursquare/Swarm, Facebook, or LinkedIn are typically used for this purpose. However, there is a large selection of less known social media apps that go unnoticed in the scientific community. This paper reviews 110 social media apps and assesses their potential usability in geospatial research through providing metrics on selected characteristics. About half of the apps (57 out of 110) offer an Application Programming Interface (API) for data access, where rate limits, fee models, and type of spatial data available for download vary strongly between the different apps. To determine the current role and relevance of social media platforms that offer an API in academic research, a search for scientific papers on Google Scholar, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library, and the Science Core Collection of the Web of Science (WoS) is conducted. This search revealed that Google Scholar returns the highest number of documents (Mean = 183,512) compared to ACM (Mean = 1895) and WoS (Mean = 1495), and that data and usage patterns from prominent social media apps are more frequently analyzed in research studies than those of less known apps. The WoS citation database was also used to generate lists of themes covered in academic publications that analyze the 57 social media platforms that offer an API. Results show that among these 57 platforms, for 26 apps at least some papers evolve around a geospatial discipline, such as Geography, Remote Sensing, Transportation, or Urban Planning. This analysis, therefore, connects apps with commonly used research themes, and together with tabulated API characteristics can help researchers to identify potentially suitable social media apps for their research. Word clouds generated from titles and abstracts of papers associated with the 57 platforms, grouped into seven thematic categories, show further refinement of topics addressed in the analysis of social media platforms. Considering various evaluation criteria, such as provision of geospatial data or the number (i.e., absence) of currently published research papers in connection with a social media platform, the study concludes that among the numerous social media apps available today, 17 less known apps deserve closer examination since they might be used to investigate previously underexplored research topics. It is hoped that this study can serve as a reference for the analysis of the social media landscape in the future. Full article
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Geographical Structural Features of the WeChat Social Networks
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(5), 290; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9050290 - 01 May 2020
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Recently, spatial interaction analysis of online social networks has become a big concern. Early studies of geographical characteristics analysis and community detection in online social networks have shown that nodes within the same community might gather together geographically. However, the method of community [...] Read more.
Recently, spatial interaction analysis of online social networks has become a big concern. Early studies of geographical characteristics analysis and community detection in online social networks have shown that nodes within the same community might gather together geographically. However, the method of community detection is based on the idea that there are more links within the community than that connect nodes in different communities, and there is no analysis to explain the phenomenon. The statistical models for network analysis usually investigate the characteristics of a network based on the probability theory. This paper analyzes a series of statistical models and selects the MDND model to classify links and nodes in social networks. The model can achieve the same performance as the community detection algorithm when analyzing the structure in the online social network. The construction assumption of the model explains the reasons for the geographically aggregating of nodes in the same community to a degree. The research provides new ideas and methods for nodes classification and geographic characteristics analysis of online social networks and mobile communication networks and makes up for the shortcomings of community detection methods that do not explain the principle of network generation. A natural progression of this work is to geographically analyze the characteristics of social networks and provide assistance for advertising delivery and Internet management. Full article
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Spatial Reliability Assessment of Social Media Mining Techniques with Regard to Disaster Domain-Based Filtering
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(4), 245; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9040245 - 20 Apr 2020
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The data generated by social media such as Twitter are classified as big data and the usability of those data can provide a wide range of resources to various study areas including disaster management, tourism, political science, and health. However, apart from the [...] Read more.
The data generated by social media such as Twitter are classified as big data and the usability of those data can provide a wide range of resources to various study areas including disaster management, tourism, political science, and health. However, apart from the acquisition of the data, the reliability and accuracy when it comes to using it concern scientists in terms of whether or not the use of social media data (SMD) can lead to incorrect and unreliable inferences. There have been many studies on the analyses of SMD in order to investigate their reliability, accuracy, or credibility, but that have not dealt with the filtering techniques applied to with the data before creating the results or after their acquisition. This study provides a methodology for detecting the accuracy and reliability of the filtering techniques for SMD and then a spatial similarity index that analyzes spatial intersections, proximity, and size, and compares them. Finally, we offer a comparison that shows the best combination of filtering techniques and similarity indices to create event maps of SMD by using the Getis-Ord Gi* technique. The steps of this study can be summarized as follows: an investigation of domain-based text filtering techniques for dealing with sentiment lexicons, machine learning-based sentiment analyses on reliability, and developing intermediate codes specific to domain-based studies; then, by using various similarity indices, the determination of the spatial reliability and accuracy of maps of the filtered social media data. The study offers the best combination of filtering, mapping, and spatial accuracy investigation methods for social media data, especially in the case of emergencies, where urgent spatial information is required. As a result, a new similarity index based on the spatial intersection, spatial size, and proximity relationships is introduced to determine the spatial accuracy of the fine-filtered SMD. The motivation for this research is to develop the ability to create an incidence map shortly after a disaster event such as a bombing. However, the proposed methodology can also be used for various domains such as concerts, elections, natural disasters, marketing, etc. Full article
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