Project compiles Instagram posts from different cities to explore patterns in the data and create visual signatures for each city.

When there is a beautiful pink sunset or a massive moon, chances are you're not the only one Instagramming it. Such is the world we live in today, that many experiences are complete only when shared with others. While researchers have been working hard studying social media data from the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare, the visual data from Instagram has proven a much harder nut to crack. But a team from the Art History department at the University of Pittsburgh, the Software Studies Initiative at California Institute for Telecommunication and Information and the Computer Science program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York have come together to study 13 cities and the Instagrammers therein, to examine what personal photos can tell us about the city as a whole.

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