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Appears in Collections:Biological and Environmental Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Mapping the visual magnitude of popular tourist sites in Edinburgh city
Author(s): Bartie, Phil
Mackaness, William
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Keywords: vista space
visual exposure
perception maps
Flickr tags
Issue Date: 2016
Date Deposited: 1-Jul-2015
Citation: Bartie P & Mackaness W (2016) Mapping the visual magnitude of popular tourist sites in Edinburgh city. Journal of Maps, 12 (2), pp. 203-210.
Abstract: There is value in being able to automatically measure and visualise the visual magnitude of city sites (monuments and buildings, tourist sites) – for example in urban planning, as an aid to automated way finding, or in augmented reality city guides. Here we present the outputs of an algorithm able to calculate visual magnitude – both as an absolute measure of the façade area, and in terms of a building’s perceived magnitude (its lesser importance with distance). Both metrics influence the photogenic nature of a site. We therefore compared against maps showing the locations from where geo-located FlickR images were taken.  The results accord with the metrics and therefore help disambiguate the meaning  of FlickR tags.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17445647.2014.1001453
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Maps on 15 January 2015, available online:

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