Visualizing spatiotemporal patterns of city service demand through a space-time exploratory approach

Changfeng Jing, Yanli Zhu, Mingyi Du, Xintao Liu

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City service demand fluctuates across space and time. Although various data, such as 311 hotline data and social media data, have been used to explore the spatiotemporal patterns of city services, data uncertainty and the uneven distribution of service demand are overlooked to some extent and thus could result in bias. To overcome these shortcomings, top-down collected city service data that fully cover urban areas are used as an emerging data source in this article. A visual analytical approach that employs a three-dimensional model based on a space-time cube combined with the Mann–Kendall algorithm is developed and applied in Xicheng District, Beijing, China. The results show that in comparison to other methods, the emerging data and visualization methods have more power to explain city services in terms of overall trends and micro-scale details. For instance, city service cases demonstrate a significant downward trend. Meanwhile, the distribution of hotspots/coldspots is found to be related to the built environment and population density. For example, high-incidence cases are located in some communities that are the key governance areas, indicating a demand to increase the staffing of grid administrators. The findings of this work can potentially benefit other cities in China and worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1766-1783
Number of pages18
JournalTransactions in GIS
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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