Social Media and Big Data I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Marriott Ballroom Salon 1, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Atsushi Nara, Jaehee Park, Ming-Hsiang Tsou
Chairs: Atsushi Nara

Call for Submissions

If you would like to contribute to this stream of sessions, please submit your abstract online ( first. Then email Ming-Hsiang Tsou (, the title, abstract, author information and AAG PIN number by October 24, 2018 to be included in our “Social Media and Big Data” paper sessions. If you have any questions please email to one of the organizers.

Session Organizers:
Ming-Hsiang Tsou (
Atsushi Nara (
Jaehee Park (

The Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age & Department of Geography,
San Diego State University


Social media and big data have transformed our world into interconnected cyberspace and real space. Geographers can now trace, monitor, map, and analyze the spread of social movements, disease outbreaks, nature hazards, crime incidents, and popular events by utilizing digital data available through social media platforms, open data initiatives, and cyberinfrastructures. These provide a vast amount of dynamic geographic information in a form of timestamped GPS/location sensor tags, check-ins, addresses, and/or place names and offer great research opportunities and challenges for examining and modeling human behaviors, networks, communications, and movements (Kwan, 2016; Tsou, 2015). The organized paper sessions will focus on the development of theories, methods and practices on the topics including but not limited to:

• Visualization and computation of social media and big data
• Spatial and Spatiotemporal data analytics and modeling on social media and big data
• Geocomputation techniques for effectively managing and analyzing social media and big data
• Location-based social network analysis
• Uncovering human dynamics hidden in different kinds of geo-tracking data
• Accuracy and uncertainty of geo-tagged or geo-targeted social media and big data
• Digital divide and ethical issue in social media analytics
• Data sharing, dissemination and privacy issues in social media and big data
• Spatiotemporal diffusion of innovation and ideas in social media channels
• Emerging new media data for human dynamics research

Kwan, M.-P. (2016). Algorithmic Geographies: Big Data, Algorithmic Uncertainty, and the Production of Geographic Knowledge. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106(2), 274–282.
Tsou, M.-H. (2015). Research challenges and opportunities in mapping social media and Big Data. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 42(sup1), 70–74.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ming-Hsiang Tsou*, San Diego State University, How to Apply Geo-targeted Social Media Analytics in Public Health Research 20 12:40 PM
Presenter Alan Smith*, University of Plymouth, Can social media data be used to predict spatiotemporal human population change? 20 1:00 PM
Presenter Jinwen Xu*, University of Hawaii - Manoa | East-West Center, Yi Qiang, University of Hawaii - Manoa, Using Twitter Data to Analyze Information Diffusion and Public Perception on Natural Hazards 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Nana LUO*, San Diego State University, Atsushi Nara, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, San Diego State University, An Activity-based Method to Simulate Finer-scale Human Daily Movement 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Atsushi Nara*, San Diego State University, Data analytics on large spatiotemporal event datasets 20 2:00 PM

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