The experiment aims to investigate the geography of the Flixbus network in Italy through the integration of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Social Network Analysis (SNA). The recent development of digital platforms which act as intermediaries in service distribution of different type (e.g. uber, Airbnb) seems to be an interesting topic to explore social, economic and spatial practices. The case study is Flixbus, the “lean” platform that has recently created the largest coach intercity network in Europe. Results shows the territorial pervasiveness of the platform model adopted by the company and the emergence of specific spatial systems mediated by the services offered by the platform.
La geografia di Flixbus in Italia1
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