Although it is generally accepted that there is a growing demand for multinational and pan European databases, there is little available on the problems encountered in different types of multinational geographic information applications, nor has there been much discussion of the broader legal and constitutional issues involved at the supranational level.; With this in mind the GISDATA programme of the European Science Foundation convene a meeting of experts to address these very issues. This book is a record of the conference.; "European geographic information infrastructures" contains chapters of two types. The first are case studies of a variety of applications involving geographic information through two or more countries. The second set of chapters examine the legal and constitutional issues which need to be considered at a European level.; Given the broad agreement on the nature of the issues which require considerations, the book is able to present complementary perspectives for a positive approach to a pan European geographic information programme.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The creation of multinational databases: International aspects of spatial data exchange, Peter Burrough, Ian Masser; from an understanding of European GI economic activity to the reality of a European data set, Francois salge; transboundary European GIS databases - review of the Baltic region experiences, Sindre Langaas. Part 2 Multinational databases for specific applications: development of a GIS for hydrological modelling of the River Rhine, Jaao Kwadijk, Erik Sprokkereef, Hein Prinsen; developments in cross-border standards for geodemographic segmentation, Richard Webber. Part 3 Multinational database products: European geoinformation publishing - understanding the commercial volume industry, Vanessa Lawrence; data integration for commercial information products - experiences from EC's impact 2 programme, Roger Longhorn. Part 4 Legal and institutional issues associated with the development of multinational databases: legal protection of geographic information in the EU, Mirelle M.M. van Eechoud; intellectual property and mapping - a European perspective, Laila Aslesen; legal and institutional issues to be resolved with respect to the integration of European data, Andrew larner; intellectual property rights in disseminating digital geographic data, products and services - conflicts and commonalties among EU and US approaches, Harland Onsrud, Xavier Lopez.