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Map of regional attractiveness

Ota Cerba, Czech Center for Science and Society (CCSS)

Map of regional attractiveness allows presenting the potential of regions from different perspectives (living conditions, tourism, sustainability, economy, regional development, agriculture and landscape, business), to compare the specifics, benefits, shortcomings and opportunities of individual regions, and to show details and overview. Maps are created for NUTS 3 from 35 input data sets. The input data is divided into 6 groups (anthropic, natural, social, economic, cultural and institutional). These groups illustrate various perspectives of regional attractiveness. The number of inputs of various groups is fixed by importance. The values of importance were stated by the users’ survey in the project meeting and social media.

The maps are the main output from the rural attractiveness mapping realised in the Polirural project. They are designed for objectives of pilot activities in the Polirural project. These activities include information about the potential of rural territories, searching common characteristics of regions, spatial patterns and similarities, which could be used in further cooperation and specific and targeted development of rural regions. For the same purposes, the maps can be used for communication and providing information about the potential of rural territories with policy- and decision-makers, media, regional development and planning studies as well as public.

The maps show values of Rural Attractiveness Index (RAI) in NUTS 3 regions in Europe. This index is calculated as average from selected 35 input data sets. The other type of assessment of rural attractiveness is acquired through hierarchical and non-hierarchical clustering methods.




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The overall ambition is to design, develop and introduce a platform that which will be modified on the base of real experiences during the project and prepare complex solutions, transferable to pilots and other regions. In addition to that, Polirural DIH aims to offer a solution for the global promotion of pilots. This DIH integrated technology, datasets and libraries in one infrastructure with a complex user-oriented portal in the Web environment. The DIH can connect end-users with developers or researchers to improve the impact of the demo applications or case studies by short-chain feedback from end-users. End users can join larger communities around the DIH to get advice, cooperation potential and access to modern technologies utilisation.


Polirural DIH AIMS TO

Provide a social space for a community of practices

Promote pilots work and support access to their analysis

Promote existing best practices

Offer new tools and technologies for testing

Provide access to digital technologies and competencies

Provide access to infrastructure and tests digital innovations (“test before invest”)

Support effective data management

Provide development playground for map-based projects

Offer training and skills development

Help in networking and connecting users and suppliers of digital innovations