Smelly Maps

Think about your nose. Now think about big data. You probably didn’t realize it, but your nose is a big data machine. Humans are able to potentially discriminate more than thousands different odors.

On one hand, we have our big data nose; on the other hand, we have city officials and urban planners who deal only with the management of less than ten bad odors out of a trillion. Why this negative and oversimplified perspective?

Smell is simply hard to measure.

SmellyMaps have recently proposed a new way of capturing the entire urban smellscape from social media data (i.e., tags on Flickr pictures or tweets).

Cities are victims of a discipline’s negative perspective, only bad odors have been considered. The SmellyMaps project aims at disrupting this negative view and, as a consequence, being able to celebrate the complex smells of our cities.

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Data

Get the Urban Smell Dictionary and start playing with odors!

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On the Radio

Team

Daniele Quercia
Nokia Bell Labs
Rossano Schifanella
Turin University
Luca Maria Aiello
Nokia Bell Labs