Amélia Polónia, Amândio Barros and Miguel Nogueira 

University of Porto, Portugal

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Abstract

In a global world, the geography of contacts, interactions and exchanges is based, evermore, upon an isotropic world, where distance (or proximity) and accessibility don’t seem to compromise the contacts and relations between human beings; new technologies play an unprecedented role in the territorial expression of network connections. Our aim is to address the question: to what extent did territory condi- tion commercial performance, contacts and the networks’ organization in the First Global Age? Under DynCoopNet Project, the study of cooperation and trade networks intendsto provoke scientific debate to clarify this issue. In that sense, the scientific dialogue between history and geography is assumed as a key element in every step of the research. Mapping historical data related to commercial networks, assuming an intrinsic spatial component, implies spatial visualization in order to comprehend the nature of such networks, their design and topology, extension and intensity. However, when dealing with fuzzy and geographically non-systematic information, researcher’s interpretations and data classification might misinform geotagging. Practical examples will be given and visualised, based on DynCoopNet (ESF-TECT/EUROCORES research project), as well as other works of the Portuguese research team.

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