The European Umbrella Organization for Geographical Information (EUROGI) has been making a first prototype of its directories available on-line since May 1995. The on-line prototype contains the first two of a series of directories announced in EUROGI's workplan (see RCN 3400). As a result of this initiative, anybody with a connection to the Internet, and an interest in geographical information (GI), can now consult information regarding GI research and GI education and training courses in Europe on-line. The project, set up jointly by EUROGI and the Netherlands Expertise Centre for Geographical Information (NexpRI), and supported by the European Commission, seeks to coordinate and complement other related initiatives taken at national and supra-national level over the past few years and, thereby, secure the quality of meta-information as part of the European GI infrastructure. The aim of EUROGI is to promote, stimulate, encourage and support the development and use of geographic information and technology at European level. The supply of meta-information is an important tool in this respect as good and easily accessible meta-information enables researchers and teachers to benefit from each others work, avoids unnecessary duplication of efforts and stimulates the use of geographical information. In order to improve the quality of the information available through the EUROGI directories, the GI community in Europe is urged to test the prototype, comment on it and contribute data. Comments and questions can be sent to EUROGI or NexpRI. Information regarding GI research and GI education and training courses can be contributed directly using an on-line form designed for this purpose. The WorldWideWeb (WWW) interface allows for both geographical and thematic searches in the databases. The address is: http://www.frw.ruu.nl/eurogi/eurogi.html.
Policy making and guidelines
30 November 1994