Generating spatial footprints from hiking blogs

Elise Acheson*, Flurina M. Wartmann, Ross S. Purves

*Corresponding author for this work

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Explicitly linking text documents to geographical space is an important processing step for applications such as map visualization, spatial querying, and placename disambiguation. In this work, we present a proof-of-concept processing pipeline to generate spatial footprints for a spatially-rich, manually-annotated corpus of hiking blogs. We present preliminary results obtained by exploiting the spatially-focused nature of our input data and the rich placename resources at our disposal. Future work will fully automate the pipeline and systematically examine the influence of processing decisions on the footprints and downstream tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-7
Number of pages3
JournalLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
Issue number198809
Early online date16 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event13th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT 2017 - L'Aquila, Italy
Duration: 4 Sept 20178 Sept 2017


  • Clustering
  • Document scope
  • Footprints
  • Geographic information retrieval
  • Toponyms


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