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St Helena Mapping Natural, Historical and Built Heritage values using geolocated social media 2019

Terrestrial Overseas Territories Cultural Human capital Natural capital Recreation


Mapping natural, historical and built heritage values using social media content is a relatively recent methodology that capitalises upon the widespread use of web-based social media platforms. It typically involves the connection to the Application Programming Interface (API) of a social media provider (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) and downloading ‘geolocated’ public1 posts, user data and metadata that are of interest for a specific application. For example, using the public Twitter API one can have access to recent posts (’tweets’) by all public users from a specific location and to the tweets’ and users’ data and metadata such as: location the tweet was sent from (if the user has enabled location); users’ stated home place and; time the tweet was sent. Thus, one can use this information to map Twitter activity. Using photograph-based social media such as Instagram and Flickr is done in a similar way (see below for a more detailed explanation).

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·03·01

Bormpoudakis, D., Fish, R., Smith, N. (2019). Mapping natural, historical and built heritage values in St Helena Island using geolocated social media.

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Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access Open access

Use constraints Open, cite source of data

Metadata date 2019·08·22

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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