Data Visualization Chatty Maps

Published on March 30th, 2016 | by Elaine Ding


Mapping a City’s Soundscape

Good City Life, a research group studying urban quality of life issues, has created Chatty Maps, a map illustrating the defining sounds of every street in twelve major cities around the world, including New York, Washington, D.C., London, Madrid, and Rome. Chatty Maps uses social media data to map a city’s sound profile by aggregating geotagged photos on Flickr and analyzing sound-related tags, including “wind” or “birds,” and emotion-related tags including “anger” or “surprise,” to determine the sound profile of a particular location. Users can click on a section of a street to examine the makeup of its sound profile based on six categories—transport, nature, music, mechanical, and indoor—and the common emotions associated with those sounds. City planners can use this information to better understand the sounds associated with the built environment and how it could impact urban life.

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Elaine Ding

Elaine Ding is a graduate policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. She is a graduate from the American University Washington College of Law and is currently finishing her Master of Public Administration degree. Elaine previously worked as a legal fellow for IDEATE Labs conducting legal and policy research on a wide variety of issues including education, healthcare, telecommunications, and workforce policy.

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