Constructing Epistemic Landscapes: Methods of GIS-Based Mapping
The IUP Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. VIII, No. 3, pp. 7-23, July 2010
Posted: 3 Aug 2010
Date Written: August 3, 2010
The construction of knowledge maps, demonstrated in this paper, is designed to show the epistemic landscape of cities, countries or regions. Knowledge assets, knowledge producing and disseminating organizations are referenced to spatial objects and integrated into Geographic Information System (GIS). They are further represented in thematic maps and in 3-D perspective graphs. Special attention is given to mapping and measuring knowledge clusters. Statistical procedures to measure the degree of knowledge clustering are discussed and ways are indicated to compare and determine the emergence of knowledge clusters. It is concluded that the construction of knowledge maps showing the complexity of epistemic landscapes will enhance the chances of government agencies, companies and civic organizations to understand and use knowledge for development. This paper is meant to be a guideline for the related analysis.
Keywords: Knowledge and development, Knowledge maps, Epistemic landscapes, Knowledge clusters, Geographic Information System (GIS)
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