Information system for brownfield regeneration

Purpose: many approaches and tools are available for supporting brownfield management, but they are not used due to their scarce visibility. The TIMBRE Information System is aimed at supporting stakeholders in identifying and accessing the information they need for the different phases of the brownfield management process.
Design/methodology/approach: the system strongly relies on inputs from users, who are expected to upload new information, to search the database and to evaluate the outputs provided by the tool. E-links can be uploaded and consulted through a framework, developed through a stakeholder participatory process, which encompasses all phases of brownfield regeneration. An Artificial Neural Network methodology supports the ranking of the results by considering a set of information collected during each search session, such as “User related” inputs provided by users during the registration to the tool, “Session related” inputs provided by users during each search session, “Scores” inputs resulting from the evaluation of the web links contents, and “Statistics” (e.g., number of clicks received by a web link from users belonging to the same stakeholder category).
Finding: identification of the most suitable information according to local priorities and requirements;
Practical implications: free and easy access to a wide set of information for different countries and contexts; ranking of outputs to satisfy specific users’ needs and requirements;
Social implications: new tool for the public, not only information for technicians/specialists; to ease the transfer of good practices among different contexts;
Originality/value: not only a static database: information contents and ability of the tool to provide tailored results will increase day by day through users’ inputs; the Neural Network methodology will allow the system to develop continuously and to adapt results along its use
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