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The paper is based on the results of the INTERREG project COMMIN. From 2004–2007 it gathered information about spatial planning systems of 11 countries around the Baltic Sea (commin.org; arl-net.de/commin). These were made available on a website including national glossaries. The expectations for the future were, after EU-funding ended, to include more countries and update information regularly. This proofed to be difficult. This is a preliminary report of work in progress that the former lead partner – the ARL, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning in Germany – is undertaking since 2011 when there was a chance to continue with the work. A short evaluation was undertaken comparing COMMIN’s online-glossary with three similar examples, also contrasting them with the different, but successful example Wikipedia. With this paper we hope to share an important lesson learned. It is one kind of ability to successfully coordinate a transnational project and create a common innovative result. It is quite another ability to keep working with these results – especially if they are process oriented, meaning that they were created for continual use – and finding the necessary resources for it.
Presentation slides with key aspects of the article: Reimann, Sara (2013): Revisiting COMMIN. The online-database on European spatial planning systems as an example for the long-term development of process-oriented innovations. In: Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia (2013). 2nd international scientific conference; Regional development, spatial planning and strategic governance -RESPAG 2013. Conference Proceedings, Belgrade, May 22 - 25, 2013, 188–203