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Building European spatial data infrastructures.


Building European spatial data infrastructures.

Masser, Ian.

ESRI Press


81 pages




The full potential of geographic information systems will not be realized until governments maximize access to geographic information through spatial data infrastructures, according to Masser (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, U. College London, UK), who examines the institutional and decision-making tasks involved in their development and implementation by public-private partnerships. He describes the range of GIS applications available, introduces the concept of spatial data infrastructures (which "includes the materials, technology, and people necessary to acquire, process, and distribute [geographic] information to meet a wide variety of needs"), describes the current state of spatial data infrastructure in Europe, explores the need for an integrated infrastructure strategy at the European level, considers the legal framework for the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative, and identifies key strategic issues for future development of spatial data infrastructures.

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