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The Open GIS Consortium Inc. (OGC)announced that its subsidiary, Open GIS Consortium (Europe), Limited (OGCE) is a partner with the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information (EUROGI), the European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC), and the University of Sheffield in a far-reaching European geographic information project entitled Geographic Information Network in Europe (GINIE).
The GINIE project brings together three crucial sets of players - the national and pan-European GI associations represented by EUROGI, the European Commission, represented by its Joint Research Centre, and industry through the European arm of OGC. The project is coordinated by the University of Sheffield, one of the OGC members, also strongly linked to the European GI research community.
In addition to raising awareness, GINIE work packages provide for establishing a common European approach for engaging with regional and global geographic information forums regarding European geographic information strategies and capacity building.
GINIE began on November 1st 2001 for a two year period during which it will establish a permanent European Advisory Board for Geographic Information.