KEYWORDSThe keywords have been extracted from the mind maps produced in the brainstorming sessions referred above. Short discussion on the keywords has been added in order to explain the role and/or meaning of each keyword. In the following text the important research topics are in bold. References to supporting fields of science or technologies are written in italic. It must be kept in mind that the topics cannot be organized totally hierarchically under the main keywords, but there are several topics that could be linked to more than one keyword.
The keywords are:
We have decided to mainly use ‘geographic information’ in this document. Geospatial Information is considered as a synonym, and Geospatial is used in contexts where it is commonly used.
In the text spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) have a synonym of ‘geospatial data infrastructure’; by adding the geoprefix we can emphasize the real contents of the data in question.
The emphasis is on the extraction of added value from the processing of spatial data on maps and the use of analysis and modelling techniques to initiate, support and supplement the mapping process.
This keyword covers a range of issues which connect the human user of spatial data with its representation, its processing, its modelling and its analysis.
Here the visual representation of spatial data, in map and in other forms, is discussed, along with methods of using such representations.
This keyword stands for the numerous stages in mapping and map production as technical processes, but also production of various map types from atlases to Internet maps.
The fundamental concepts which form the basis of all our spatial data handling are incorporated under this keyword.
The importance of the development of methods and practices throughout history was recognized in the brainstorming session: all current-day activity is informed by detailed accounts of such development.
To ensure a valid and viable future for our current activity, we need to research and implement methods to educate and train future generations: methods of doing this fall under this research heading.