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The GI&GIS (geographic information and geographic information systems) project of the Joint research Centre is actively involved in assisting in the creation of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure. It is also involved in activities related to the conception, creation and harmonization of Pan-European spatial databases relevant for European Union policies, mainly through the support and coordination of networks in various thematic fields. A lot of work has been done in collaboration with Eurostat to improve geographic information management and access within the Commission. This paper focuses on the results in the field of geo-spatial standards (co-ordinate reference systems, projection systems, reference data definition, metadata, etc.). Part of these standards have already been adopted by the Commission, other will be adopted soon when they will be more consolidated. Finally some problems are identified in some areas requiring further investigation and maybe new standard development in the near future.

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Authors: ANNONI A, JRC, SAI/EGEO, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The UN/ECE Work Session on Methodological Issues Involving the Integration of Statistics and Geography. Held in: Tallinn (EE), 25-28 September 2001
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