Social Media For Urban Research

Social media are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, from connecting with friends and sharing images to exploring cities through location-based applications. These new services have given us a different vantage point from which to understand, explore, navigate, and geographically record the places we live.

This panel discussion brings together academics, professionals, and journalists who are researching, building, and using social media data to better understand our urban environment. How does the introduction of place-based social media affect our relationship to the city? Who’s creating these data points and what can it show us about how the city is used? How can large private data sets be used for a public good?

Join Studio-X NYC and the Spatial Information Design Lab for a conversation about the potential of social media in urban research, featuring Sarah Williams of the Spatial Information Design Lab, Brett Martin of, Blake Shaw of Foursquare, and other speakers to be announced.

Also on display, Here Now! Social Media and the Psychological City

Sites such as Foursquare and Facebook allow us to spatially mark our explorations in the city, creating rich databases that hold digital imprints of our interactions. For this exhibition, the Foursquare and Facebook Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) were used to access location-based data to determine where social media users broadcast that they are “Here Now.”


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012
    6:30 p.m.

  • Where: 

    Studio-X NYC
    180 Varick St.
    Suite 1610
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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