GINIE - Geographic Information Network in Europe
GINIE is a research project funded by the Information Society Technology Programme of the EU for the period November 2001- January 2004. Its partners are EUROGI, the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information, the Open GIS Consortium Europe representing the Geographic Information (GI) industry, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and the University of Sheffield (Coordinator).
The aim of the project was to develop a deeper understanding of the key issues and actors affecting the wider use of GI in Europe, and articulate a strategy to promote such wider use that is consistent with major policy and technological developments at the European and international level. Close attention has been paid to the role of GI in supporting European policies with a strong spatial impact (agriculture, regional policy, transport, environment), e-government, the re-use of Public Sector Information, and the recent initiative to develop an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) .