Citybench: A geospatial exploration of comparable cities

Elizabeth Kalinaki*, Robert Oortwijn, Ana Sanchis Huertas, Eduardo Dias, Laura Díaz, Steven Ottens, Anne Blankert, Michael Gould, Henk Scholten

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In many city comparisons and benchmarking attempts, scores are purely one-dimensional with results split accordingly for each dimension. We propose a methodology for comparing cities on multiple dimensions implemented as a mapcentric web tool based on a pairwise similarity measure. CityBench web tool provides a quick-scan geographical exploration of multidimensional similarity across European cities. With this dynamic method, the user may easily discover city peers that could face similar risks and opportunities and consequently develop knowledge networks and share best practices. This web tool is destined to provide economic/ financing institutions’, local governments’ and policy makers’ in Europe and beyond decision making support.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting a Digital Europe Through Location and Place
EditorsCarlos Granell, Sven Schade, Joaquin Huerta
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319036106
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • City comparison
  • Geo-visualization
  • Similarity measure


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