Data Harmonisation Pilot: Macroregional Indicators Use Case for the Danube Region
The McIndicator project aimed at identifying regions for the Danube reference region in South-Eastern Europe which are homogenous in their characteristics. Regions were identified based on a developed indicator framework building on the S3 approach available for the European Union. The benchmarking – based on structural similarity – should enable regions to identify their competitive advantages through systematic comparisons with other regions and by “mapping” the national and international context in search of examples to learn from. As such the approach available at the EU level was transferred to EU neighbouring countries in the Danube region and methods were tested. The results show how the “structural similarity” of regions can be applied best by using NUTS2 equivalent administrative regions as well as by identifying homogenous regions building on the geon approach developed at Z_GIS.
Overall the results identified data gaps but also demonstrated how open access data can be integrated in such an analysis. Furthermore the applicability of the geon approach was tested and compared to traditional administrative unit based composite indicators. Geons provide an approach to model spatial explicit and homogenous regions which can then also be compared to other regions – based on their inherent characteristic and quality.