GINIE (Geographic Information Network in Europe) was a research project funded by the Information Society Technology Programme of the EU for the period November 2001-January 2004. Its partners were EUROGI (the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information), OGC Europe (OGCE), JRC (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 to 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).
To achieve its objectives, the project organized a series of specialist workshops, commissioned analytical studies, collected numerous case-studies of GI in action, and disseminated widely its findings across Europe and beyond. Through its activities GINIE has involved more than 150 senior representatives from industry, research, and government in 32 countries, and contributed in building the knowledge necessary for an evidence-based geographic information policy in Europe. The project presented its findings to a high-level audience of senior decision makers in government, research and industry at its final conference in Brussels in November 2003.