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?
Big Data for regional science is more than just designing and deploying new technological and mathematical tools and solutions. It also means connecting, involving and managing stakeholders and a better alignment of planned and more informed policies, projects, programs, facilities and services across a wide range of communities, fields and areas working towards a common vision in symbiosis as a “small world”. It will be necessary for us to form and cultivate partnerships and collaborations with scholars inside and outside of our own domain, but also with relevant stakeholders such as urban planners and practitioners, data providers and aggregators, and even the public. Ultimately, transdisciplinary translational and transformative strategies are needed. To this end, it will be imperative for us to be open, cooperative and collaborative, outside-the-box, and perpetually in motion moving forward and beyond.
Framework, program and summary report of the event.
Chair: Hans Westlund
Big Data, Big Knowledge
Challenges of Big Data Research
Is Big Beautiful?
The Blessing of Geo-Science in Handling Big Data
Big Data and United States Public Policy
Chair: Charlie Karlsson
Big Data for Urban and Regional Science
Functional Big Data and Multivariate Analysis
Urban Space as a Complex Playground
Dynamic Market Information: The Case of Craft Breweries
Peter van der Besselaar
Geo-Dimension of Data Infrastructure for Science and Innovation
Small Talks on Big Data Contributions (Round Table with all participants)
Animator: Folke Snickras
Future Agenda and Actions