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The Fifth EC-GIS workshop was organized by the GI&GIS project of the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

The GI&GIS project supports the actions needed to create an European Geographic Information Infrastructure (EGII). The EGII encompasses the broad policy, organizational, technical and financial arrangements necessary to support increased access to Geographic Information in Europe. It will potentially benefit many stakeholders - government and non-governmental organizations, education and research institutions, the commercial sector, and the general community - at the national, regional and global level. The EGII offers the prospect of better decision-making and thus improved economic growth, social development and environmental management.

The GI%GIS project reflects the increasing awareness of the importance of spatial aspects in policy and decision making, and focuses on both policy and technical issues relating to spatial information and spatial information systems. The main activities of this project include:

- To assist the GI policy-making processes of the Commission, help in formalizing the user requirements for the EGII, and contribute to the establishment of an interoperable European Geo-Statistical system
- To develop harmonized and coherent multidisciplinary Pan-European databases and analyze spatial information across different sectoral policies and different levels of governmental organizations. This includes the creation of various spatial layers: Soil, Land Cover, Agro-Meteorology, Natura2000, to support and monitor EU policies
- To provide technical support to the Services of the Commission in defining base and thematic spatial data requirements at the European level, and operating communication facilities
- To monitor GI&GIS standards, interoperability, and market development through a Technology Watch activity.ctivity.

Additional information

Authors: FULLERTON K (EDITOR), SAI, JRC - Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19018 EN (2000) 562 pp.
Availability: Available free of charge from JRC Ispra
Record Number: 200012164 / Last updated on: 2001-06-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en