Using textual volunteered geographic information to model nature-based activities: A case study from Aotearoa New Zealand

E. Egorova*

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Abstract

A boom in volunteered geographic information has led to extensive data-driven exploration and modeling of places. While many studies have used such data to explore human-environment interaction in urban settings, few have investigated natural, non-urban settings. To address this gap, this study systematically explores the content of online reviews of nature-based recreation activities, and develops a fine-grained hierarchical model that includes 28 aspects grouped into three main domains: activity, settings, and emotions/cognition. It further demonstrates how the model can be used to explore the variation in recreation experiences across activities, setting the stage for the analysis of the spatio-temporal variations in recreation experiences in the future. Importantly, the study provides an annotated corpus that can be used as a training dataset for developing methods to automatically capture aspects of recreation experiences in texts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-63
Number of pages39
JournalJournal of Spatial Information Science
Issue number23
Early online date24 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • cultural ecosystem services
  • nature-based recreation
  • volunteered geographic information
  • social media
  • digital geography
  • ITC-GOLD
  • UT-Gold-D

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