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The Geography of Buzz: Art, Culture and the Social Milieu in Los Angeles and New York [learcenter.org, PDF] aims to provide a new spatial dimension through which to understand cultural industries and city geographic patterns. Elizabeth Currid from University of Southern California
and Sarah Williams from Columbia University, have surveyed about 300,000 snapshots taken by the photo agency Getty Images at more than 6,000 parties, openings and premieres in 2006 and 2007 and conducted GIS and spatial statistics, to analyze macro geographical patterns to map the cultural epicenters of Los Angeles and New York.

The resulting maps show the density of different types of cultural events in New York and Los Angeles. The researchers quickly found clusters around celebrated locations: the Kodak Theater, where the Oscars are held, for example, or Times Square.

More information about the project can be found at New York Times and Time Magazine.

Thnkx Annette. Via The Measurement Standard: Blog Edition.

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I get that this is not a clear representation of the cultural meme but couldn't the clustering of these nodes be explained by the presence of accessible venues?

Fri 29 May 2009 at 5:26 AM
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