Geocoding addresses in QGIS with MMQGIS, Tabula and LibreOffice.

Geocoding is basically the process that transforms street addresses into geographic coordinates, which can be further processed. Previously I've stayed away from geocoding in general as it seemed a complicated process, which requires large chunks of time and a lot of patience, especially when this process starts from a PDF file. However, sometimes this process is necessary. A recent tragic event in Bucharest, Romania made me reconsider this technique as I took into account the benefits of having a map representing the buildings classified as buildings exposed to seismic risk.…

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About me and this blog (again)

I'm Alexandru F. Ghita, urban & regional planner, independent consultant and researcher based in Bucharest, Romania. Some of you might know me as the author of the European Spatial Planning Perspective (ESPP), a blog I created in 2012 in order to bring more attention to the field of European spatial planning and make it more digestible for the general public (read more about this below). My work in brief My training and education in the field of urban & regional planning is the basis for much of my work, however,…

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Call for 16 twinning partners. Multi-level governance study in support of Europe 2020

The consortium I am part of as a consultant, lead by Spatial Foresight was commisioned by DG Regio to carry out a “Study on promoting multi-level governance in support of Europe 2020”. The study aims at generating lessons from policy experiences and at stimulating the learning and exchange between regions. As part of the study we are looking for 16 twinning partners (European regions or cities) interested in partnering with 8 case study regions on improving multi-level governance: DEADLINE 22 January 2014 The study focuses on two specific policy fields…

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Regionalization 101 - an introduction

I live in Romania, a country which until 22 years ago was under a communist regime, and which had to drastically modify its social, institutional and administrative constructs in order to adapt the market economy and the ‘western’ style of life. I observed the reform (partial – my opinion might be biased in this respect) of an overly-centralized state and the EU driven adaptational changes. Lately there has been a lot of talk about ‘real’ regionalization. We already have development regions, but the objective here would be to create fully functional…

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