Meta-Information Systems for Environment and Health

  • Jan A. Bakkes
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 24)


Drawing upon national experiences regarding environmental meta-information and a WHO consultation on a European Metadatabase on Environmental and Health Information Sources (Munich, 8–10 May 1989), the role and elements of a meta-information system in relation to an envisaged European health and environment geographical information system are described. Three essential elements are identified: (i) absolute restriction to meta-information, that is: referral service only; (ii) a human interface; computers are not essential; (iii) a good thesaurus. In addition, the potential for completing national meta-information systems through the forming of an international network is briefly discussed.


Geographical Information System Environmental Information Information Officer Referral Service Environment Geographical Information System 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan A. Bakkes
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  1. 1.National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) RIVMInformation Manager for EnvironmentBilthovenThe Netherlands

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