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The Factory: a community of resource sites for the transition of territories

The Factory is rich in the documentary resources of the allies. Its documentary collection gives access to its own productions and to the documentary collections of the allies, through the Scrutari search engine (for more information: see the website of scrutari).

It allows to discover and to confront multiple experiences of transition management and to access the reflections and proposals coming from the Factory itself or from allies.

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The field of territorial policies is very broad, covering all the problems of societies, all aspects of the transition towards sustainable territories and societies.

  • How to access the most innovative?
  • How can we possibly draw inspiration from it?
  • How can we learn from it?
  • How can we avoid getting locked into an overly sectoral and thematic approach to territorial policies and move towards processes of systemic change?

There is no lack of data. Let us take for example the themes "systemic", "cooperation between actors", "land policy", "peri-urban", "territorial metabolism", "territorial governance", "food or nutrition", "industrial and territorial ecology", "housing policy", "sharing of public space", "soft mobility"....

Each time a search by a search engine, for example Google, will propose millions of references of multiple origins: wikipedia, theses, monographs, state services, networks of local authorities or associations, journals. Drawing on the resources collected by the allies, the Fabrique is a reliable access point to this wealth by selecting the most significant experiences, comparing them, browsing to related subjects and offering Internet users the possibility of finding their way through all this wealth.

What is expected from a documentary search?

That it feeds reflection. To do so, it must have four characteristics: finding what you are looking for; discovering new perspectives, which you did not spontaneously think of; confronting experiences of the same nature in order to draw lessons for action; inviting everyone to share their experience with others.

A rich and constantly growing collection of documents

In 2020, the Factory’s own documentary collection will necessarily be reduced. It will increase from month to month. But access through a single search engine to the documentary holdings of the allies, as and when they decide to do so, will make it possible to discover thousands of case studies, reflection and proposal documents.

A diversity of sources and points of view

The Factory brings allies together around common convictions, values and working disciplines, it pools thoughts but does not disseminate a single "doctrine". Hence the value of access to the resources of the various allies, which provide access to a large number of sources, experiences and points of view from the most diverse countries or actors.

A medium-term perspective: homogenising access to information

Each ally has its own habits of presenting information and experiences. To remedy the overabundance of information characteristic of the Internet, the Factory has adopted for its own productions a homogenous presentation of information, based on a basic brick; the fact sheet.

  • A short text, in a language accessible to as many people as possible, even if the fact sheet refers to more specialised documents, favouring concrete experiences and a critical reflection on the scope and limits of these experiences. The text must be sufficiently complete and concise to convey the information effectively. It must be interesting as such but can be part of a dossier bringing together a set of sheets dealing with the same subject or be a summary introducing a more complete document.
  • What is the format of a fact sheet? A fact sheet includes: a text of about 4 to 5 pages, a title, a summary, an index, links and references (bibliography, online resources, etc.), and possibly graphic illustrations. A fact sheet may also contain excerpts from publications (subject to free reproduction of the publication concerned). It may refer to a more complete document, through an internal link to a site of an ally of the Fabrique or to an external site. Each record is associated with an author (with a short biographical presentation), a list of "descriptors" taken from the relational atlas, a list of sources and references, and possibly a geographical location.
  • What are the different types of cards?
    • Case files: the most numerous, they present an experience, a situation or a system in a synthetic and descriptive manner;
    • analysis sheets: they propose a way of approaching a problem and draw lessons from a set of case sheets;
    • proposal sheets: develop avenues for collective action, including calling on the States or the European Union;
    • Resource sheets: these can take several forms: a documentary summary (reading note, conference report, critical summary of a long document), an inventory of audiovisual and digital resources related to the subject;
    • educational sheets: introduce an educational tool, usually a session of an open and massive online conference, CLOM, alias MOOC, produced by the Fabrique, allies or external partners.
Reflecting the systemic nature of the changes to be made

This systemic character is reflected in the indexing tool used by the Factory for its own production: the relational atlas. This semantic tool was developed and implemented by one of the allies, Citego, Cités, territoires, gouvernance, http://www.citego.org/rubrique-29_fr.html [to find out more about the relational atlas].

Unlike traditional thematic indexing, which tends to reinforce the sectoral character of the approaches, it allows to "navigate" in the vast field of territorial approaches and to discover new perspectives. When a search is made by key words, for example "transition system" (written system to be able to include terms such as systemic), the documents of the Fabrique and allies bearing both these two terms appear on the left of the screen and the descriptors of the atlas bearing one of the two terms appear on the right of the screen, thus opening up perspectives or enabling a more precise search.