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The scope of ISO/TC211 is standardisation in the field of digital geographic information (GI). TC211 's work aims to establish a structured set of standards for information concerning objects or phenomena that are directly or indirectly associated with a location relative to the Earth. These standards may specify, for geo-spatial information, methods, tools and services for data management, acquiring, processing, analysing, accessing, presenting and transferring such data in digital/electronic form between different users, systems and locations.

The aim of this article is threefold: 1) to provide some background information about why efforts are made to standardise GI and geomatics, 2) to report on which GI standards have reached and advanced stage of consensus under ISO authority, and 3) to show the relevance of these standards for advancing remote sensing and related fields.

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Authors: ØSTENSEN O M, Norwegian Mapping Authority, Hønefoss (NO) and chairman of ISO/TC211;SMITS P C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);?STENSEN O M, Norwegian Mapping Authority, H?nefoss (NO) and chairman of ISO/TC211
Bibliographic Reference: An oral paper given at: International Symposium on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 2002 Organised by: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Held at: Toronto (CA), 24-28 June 2002
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
Record Number: 200214971 / Last updated on: 2002-08-19
Original language: en
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