"This paper aims: (1) to provide insights on the possible ways to analyze tourist mobility as a result. of the recent trends of global tourism and the ever increasing use of spatial information; (2) to. assess the potentiality and reliability of user-generated data; (3) to propose appropriate research. paths for spatial analysis of tourism and recreation-related mobility experience.. The perspective of the research is to verify the potential that the databases produced by photographic. web communities can have for a spatial analysis that allows to quantify and classify the mobility for recreational purposes at the national scale. The assumption is that the type of data in. question is set to expand greatly and so to increase its relevance.. Our study is based on the photographs taken in the Italian territory and loaded into Panoramio.com,. a very popular platform for sharing and organizing geolocated photos. The number of pictures contained. in the dataset is 941.651, all those uploaded to the site until April 2009. The large number. of photographs on our national territory stimulates the search for methods to derive new information. from these massive amounts of data and integrate the usual market analysis on the spatial behavior. of tourists. The photographs then become an important starting point for the development of analysis that can bring new results aimed at enterprises and destination management as a whole."
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