chapter  4
Building the European Geographic Information Resource Base: Towards a Policy-Driven Research Agenda
ByMassimo Craglia, Ian Masser
Pages 10

The chapter reviews recent developments relating to the formulation of a policy framework for geographic information in Europe. It is divided into two parts which respectively examine the terms of the European debate with particular reference to the initiatives taken by the European Commission, and discuss some of the most urgent issues on which to focus future research efforts. What clearly emerges is that considerable efforts are being made to address the many and complex issues related to the development of a geographic information resource base in Europe and the need for the geographic information research community to engage in the debate and shape the research agenda. The nature of this agenda poses considerable challenges as it lies outside many of the traditional strengths of the European GIS research community and requires a much stronger inter-disciplinary dialogue that has been hitherto the case.