Organized by Hans Westlund, Henk Scholten, Peter Nijkamp and Karima Kourtit, the Advanced Brainstorming Carrefour workshop “It’s a Small World’: Big Data and Beyond’ was held at the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm) in January 19 and 20, 2016.
The primary aims of the conference were to reflect on and map out the far-reaching changes brought about by digital technology, analyze the spatial consequences of digital technology (including Big Data) for data acquisition, data storage, data use and knowledge enhancement and identify the potential and the bottlenecks in the era of spatial Big Data for both research and policy-making from a spatial perspective, including novel policy studies on urban ‘imagineering’, cockpit scenarios, and interactive dashboards.
The following questions were addressed: What are the prospects of spatial Big Data and other novel sources of data for regional science and urban planning? What are the technical, analytical and institutional challenges associated with the use and management of such data? In these regards, how does location present itself as both an opportunity and an obstacle? How can we effectively address the challenges of using spatial Big Data, while simultaneously harnessing its full potential for the regional science community and beyond?