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Spatial knowledge as a tool for strategic and data-based regional policy

Lyon, March 26-27, 2020


It is more and more fashionable in companies to concentrate on knowledge management, but only few successful attempts have been made by local authorities, for several reasons ranging from difficulties to represent spaces and networks to different ways of integrating collaboration between agencies and public participation. The idea of this planned workshop will be to explore the differences between business intelligence and territorial intelligence in order to provide a research agenda in this domain. In this spirit, knowledge management may be seen as a cornerstone for smart region development and planning.

We note that spatial and territorial knowledge corresponds to information potentially useful to explain, manage, monitor, plan or govern a territory (region or city), and to learn innovative ideas from other places or territories.

The main focus will be on possible end-users ; indeed, three groups of targeted agents can be discerned :
  • Regional science analysts : in their perspective, knowledge management is predominantly targeted to methodologies ;
  • Regional decision-makers : for them the representation of their territory under jurisdiction is the cornerstone for a dedicated knowledge base ;
  • Officers of regional sciences associations : in order to know better the community.

The second category of the above-mentioned end-users seems to be the most important for knowledge capitalization.

Scope of the workshop

The scope will be to identify knowledge strategies useful for regional decision-makers ; those actions can come from laws (physical or legal), from the literature (correlations, evaluations, methodologies), from experts (best practices, recommendations) and from big data analytics and mining (associative rules, discovered patterns). First, those strategies and actions can be represented by textual sentences in a natural language. Next, some key-elements of the semantics must be identified to be the fundament of knowledge bases. At the end, a research agenda will be written, the ultimate goal being to deal with computer-readable encoding of knowledge chunks. We are negotiating to publish a volume as a Springer Verlag book.

A 2-day workshop will regroup 20 European experts interested in and motivated by this novel domain. At the beginning of this workshop, a business knowledge expert will be asked to give his vision from a private enterprise perspective.

During the workshop, an useful possibility to extract knowledge is to search in issues of journals such as Regional Studies, Journal of Regional Science, etc., and in papers presented at important conferences.

Preliminary sketch of the workshop
1st half day – Arrival to Lyon
2nd half day – Welcome address ; invited talks from one expert in business knowledge management ; division in groups of 4-5 people to extract knowledge chunks from any relevant source ;
3rd half day – analyzing knowledge chunks, finding categories and taxonomies, and delineating important semantic characteristics ;
4th half day – writing a research agenda ; closing ceremony.

Location : Lyon, ENTPE, 3 rue Maurice Audin, F-69518 Lyon-Vaulx-en-Velin.

- Prof. Dr. Robert Laurini, Knowledge Systems Institute and University of Lyon, France,
- Prof. Dr. Peter Nijkamp, Jheronimus Academy of Data Science, The Netherlands,
- Dr. Karima Kourtit, Jheronimus Academy of Data Science, The Netherlands,
- Dr. Louafi Bouzouina, LAET, ENTPE, University of Lyon, France,

Preliminary Statements/Position papers

To start the discussions, all participants are asked to write a one-page extended summary explaining what they think about regional knowledge, difficulties, interests, advantages, drawbacks, barriers to overcome, acceptability of data findings by people, etc. to be send in before March 1st. Then, these short contributions will be shared and read by all experts so as to produce a preliminary synthesis, as a background for the discussion. Please note that the ultimate goal is to design a dedicated research agenda.