Information Retrieval

on the Internet



The Project




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Links to the related projects, publications 

and websites


Information Society Technologies Programme (IST). IST is a single, integrated research programme building on the convergence of information processing, communications and media technologies. IST has an indicative budget of 3.6 billion euro and is managed by the Information Society DG of the European Commission.  IST website:

European Projects on Geo Metadata


EuroGeographics was formed on 1st January 2001 as a result of convergence of CERCO and MEGRIN, and represents Europe’s National Mapping Agencies working for the European Geographic Information Infrastructure. 


EuroGeographics is involved in a number of GI Projects dealing with the European Geographic Information Infrastructure. For more details see:


Gazetteers, Thesauri and Reference


Alexandria Digital Library Project  - a digital library with collections of geographically referenced materials and services for accessing those collections.  Based on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Among other information, contains links to Online Gazetteer and Related Sites: (


Getty Thesaurus Of Geographic Names (TGN)-


Geographical Search on the Web


Somewherenear - is a UK's geographic search engine, which allows users to find things by proximity to other things, based on distance.



MapQuest - a map-based website with facilities to find services (Yellow Pages) and routing information for the USA.


MultiMap - is an international map based website providing detailed mapping and some associated geographically-specific services.


Map24 - is a European web-mapping facility with routing information.

GIS and Related

Geography Markup Language (GML) - is "an XML encoding for the transport and storage of geographic information, including both the spatial and non-spatial properties of geographic features". For full specification and downloads see:

Stanford University Library's GIS section section provides links to the GIS related websites, software, tools and utilities:

National Mapping Agencies

Ordnance Survey - UK's National Mapping Agency.


Institut Géographic National (IGN) - French National Mapping Agency.  IGN's Le laboratoire COGIT is also one of the SPIRIT Partners.


Topografische Dienst Kadaster (TDN) - Dutch National Mapping Agency


Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG) - German National Mapping Agency.


Swisstopo, Federal Office of Topography, Switzerland -


Details of other countries' national mapping agencies, can be found at UNESCO's World Heritage Centre website -




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