Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good. Third International Conference, GOODTECHS 2017, Pisa, Italy, November 29-30, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

Smart City and Images: The Use of Image Hashtags to Get Insights on Citizens

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-76111-4_31,
        author={Roberta Michele and Marco Furini},
        title={Smart City and Images: The Use of Image Hashtags to Get Insights on Citizens},
        proceedings={Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good. Third International Conference, GOODTECHS 2017, Pisa, Italy, November 29-30, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={GOODTECHS},
        year={2018},
        month={3},
        keywords={Smart city Image analysis Hashtag classification Hashtag indexing},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-76111-4_31}
    }
    
  • Roberta Michele
    Marco Furini
    Year: 2018
    Smart City and Images: The Use of Image Hashtags to Get Insights on Citizens
    GOODTECHS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76111-4_31
Roberta Michele1,*, Marco Furini1,*
  • 1: Università di Modena and Reggio Emilia
*Contact email: roberta.demichele@unimore.it, marco.furini@unimore.it

Abstract

The knowledge of citizens’ interests and problems is crucial for the smart management of a city. Up to few years ago, the employment of opinion agencies was mandatory to get this knowledge, but since this process is cost and time consuming, many studies are beginning to exploit social media contents to understand citizens. In particular, the attention is usually focused on textual data, and only few studies consider multimedia contents. In this paper, we investigate whether it is possible to know citizens’ interests and problems by using images published in the Instagram platform. In particular, we propose a method that analyzes and measures the importance of hashtags associated to images. The experimental evaluation shows that images could be an important source of information to understand citizens.