INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Association of Geographic Information Laboratories Europe
Mission and Objectives: 
To promote academic teaching and research on Geographic Information Science by representing the interests of those involved in GI-teaching and research at the national and the European level, and the continuation and extension of existing networking activities.
Formal Mandate: 
The Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE) was established in early 1998 to promote academic teaching and research on GIS at the European level and to ensure the continuation of the networking activities that have emerged as a result of the EGIS Conferences and the European Science Foundation GISDATA Scientific Programmes. AGILE seeks to ensure that the views of the geographic information teaching and research community are fully represented in the discussions that take place on future European research agendas and it also provides a permanent scientific forum where geographic information researchers can meet and exchange ideas and experiences at the European level. Activities of AGILE are managed by a 8 person council elected by its members. Its main tasks are to develop an organisational structure to realise the goals stated above, to further develop with the help of the members a European research agenda, to initiate and stimulate working groups, and to organise a yearly GI-conference.
AGILE represents at the EU level, a wide cross-section of researchers and educators in the field of GI. AGILE organizes an annual conference on GI Science (May 2005 in Estoril); also related workshops alongside the conferences. AGILE runs 6 working groups which focus on key thematic areas within GI, inlcluding a WG on Interoperability. AGILE publishes newsletters, web portal and other materials.
AGILE consists of 80-plus research laboratories across Europe, counting on hundreds of GI researchers.
AGILE also maintains liaison with several non-academic organizations, including industrial, through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU).

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Europe and mediterranean (Israel etc.)
    Societal Sector
    Research and education
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Several AGILE council members and regular members have participated in drafting Inspire documents and on various working groups.
    Environmental application domains
    AGILE members work in a wide range of environmental domains
    Primary Business
    Education and research