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Integrating behavioral and geospatial data on the timeline: towards new dimensions of analysis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Peter Sercombe



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Studies of human spatial behavior increasingly rely on a combination of audiovisual and geospatial recordings. So far, however, few analytical environments have offered opportunities for integrated and expedient annotation and analysis of the two. Here we report the first study aimed at integrating geospatial data in an environment developed for time-aligned annotation of audiovisual media. By calibrating the audiovisual and geospatial signals on the timeline and inserting the geo data as a tier in the annotation tool ELAN, we innovatively generate an environment in which time-aligned annotations of audiovisually observed behavior can be linked and explored in relation to the corresponding geographical coordinates. We illustrate the technique with cultural and linguistic behavior recorded on the move among indigenous communities in Southeast Asia. Our methodological principle is of potential interest to any study or discipline concerned with linking the location and properties of observable behavior.

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Author(s): Larson J, Burenhult N, Kruspe N, Purves RS, Rothstein M, Sercombe P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Year: 2020

Volume: 24

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-13

Online publication date: 15/05/2020

Acceptance date: 29/04/2020

Date deposited: 08/12/2019

ISSN (print): 1364-5579

ISSN (electronic): 1464-5300

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2020.1763705


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