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Eric Fischer, a data artist from Oakland California, has taken geotagging information from Flickr to map where tourists and locals take photos not only in Sydney but in some of the most visited cities in the world.

A self-confessed “map geek”, Fischer spoke to CityLab about what inspires him to dig away at this data to make fascinating maps of cities: “Ultimately, almost everything I have been making tries to take the dim, distant glimpse of the real world that we can see through data and magnify some aspect of it in an attempt to understand something about the structure of cities,” he said.

“I don’t know if that comes through at all in the actual products, but it is what they are all building toward.”

Eric Fischer, data artist.
He has also been using Twitter data to create tweet maps. The quantity of data is staggering. 

In 2014 he said: “There are about 10 million public geotagged tweets every day, which is about 120 per second, up from about three million a day when I first started watching.

“The accumulated history adds up to nearly three terabytes of compressed JSON [a data format] and is growing by four gigabytes a day.”

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.theage.com.au

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