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Using Crowdsourced imagery to detect cultural ecosystem services: A case study in South Wales, UK

Gliozzo, G; Pettorelli, N; Haklay, M; (2016) Using Crowdsourced imagery to detect cultural ecosystem services: A case study in South Wales, UK. Ecology and Society , 21 (3) , Article 6. 10.5751/ES-08436-210306. Green open access

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Abstract

Within ecological research and environmental management, there is currently a focus on demonstrating the links between human well-being and wildlife conservation. Within this framework, there is a clear interest in better understanding how and why people value certain places over others. This paper introduces a new method that measures cultural preferences by exploring the potential of multiple online geo-referenced digital-photo collections. Using ecological and social considerations, this paper contributes to the detection of places that provide cultural ecosystem services. The degree of appreciation of a specific place is derived from the number of people taking and sharing pictures of it. The sequence of decisions and actions taken to share a digital picture of a given place includes the effort to travel to the place; the willingness to take a picture; the decision to geo-locate the picture; and the action of sharing it through the web. Hence, the social activity of sharing pictures leaves digital proxies of spatial preferences, with people sharing specific photos considering the depicted place not only “worth visiting” but also “worth sharing visually.” Using South Wales as a case study, we demonstrate how the proposed methodology can help identify key geographic features of high cultural value. These results highlight how the inclusion of geographical user-generated content, also known as “volunteered geographic information,” can be very effective in addressing some of the current priorities in conservation. Indeed, the detection of the most appreciated non-urban areas could be used for better prioritization, planning, and management.

Type: Article
Title: Using Crowdsourced imagery to detect cultural ecosystem services: A case study in South Wales, UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5751/ES-08436-210306
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08436-210306
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Authors 2016.
Keywords: crowdsourcing; cultural ecosystem services; environmental spaces detection; online imagery; social preferences; spatial analysis; volunteered geographic information (VGI)
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493358
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