Would you like to see some photographs of London? Are you curious about how many different things can be happening in this city? Have a spare minute?
You are asked to take part in the research on how data from photo-sharing websites can be used for pedestrian routing. You can contribute by answering questions about photographs uploaded to Flickr, Panoramio and Geograph. You are free to spend as much time as you want, so don’t hesitate to participate even if you only have a few minutes − you’ll have a chance to continue at any time if you wish. All collected data are completely anonymous, so there is nothing to worry about.
Ready to start? Go ahead and press that big blue button! ↗
This research is carried out by Alexander Kachkaev, PhD student at School of Informatics, City University London and is supervised by Professor Jo Wood. The knowledge and experience gained from the questionnaire will be useful when implementing a new pedestrian routing algorithm, which will be made freely available at the end of the project. The answers are released under a free license (CC BY 2.0). No personal data is being collected and stored; the source code of the app is available on Github.
The sample of photographs consists of 900 randomly picked images (300 for each mentioned photo-sharing website) geotagged in Central London. Photographs from Flickr and Panoramio are being retrieved by means of service APIs and are copyrighted by their owners. All photographs from Geograph are distributed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
The research has been approved by the University Research Ethics committee, City University London.