Title: Geospatial information infrastructures to address spatial needs in health: collaboration, challenges and opportunities
Authors: GRANELL CANUT CARLOSBELMONTE OscarDIAZ Laura
Citation: FUTURE GENERATION COMPUTER SYSTEMS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GRID COMPUTING AND ESCIENCE vol. 31 p. 213-222
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC85304
ISSN: 0167-739X
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167739X13000629
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC85304
DOI: 10.1016/j.future.2013.04.002
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Most health-related issues such as public health outbreaks and epidemiological threats are better understood from a spatial–temporal perspective and, clearly demand related geospatial datasets and services so that decision makers may jointly make informed decisions and coordinate response plans. Although current health applications support a kind of geospatial features, these are still disconnected from the wide range of geospatial services and datasets that geospatial information infrastructures may bring into health. In this paper we are questioning the hypothesis whether geospatial information infrastructures, in terms of standards-based geospatial services, technologies, and data models as operational assets already in place, can be exploited by health applications for which the geospatial dimension is of great importance. This may be certainly addressed by defining better collaboration strategies to uncover and promote geospatial assets to the health community. We discuss the value of collaboration, as well as the opportunities that geographic information infrastructures offer to address geospatial challenges in health applications.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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