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Dr. Massimo Craglia Senior Scientist, European Commission, Joint Research Centre Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit


Dr. Massimo Craglia / Bio

Max has been at the center of Spatial Data Infrastructure developments for many years. He is no uncritical enthusiast: in addition to helping to nurture such infrastructures he has been a constructive critic, drawing lessons from many developments across the world and applying them in his own work. That work has extended across many areas of geographic Information. His current research interest are in helping develop Digital Earth, as an interactive, multi-disciplinary, ICT-enabled infrastructure fostering a shared understanding of the complex relationships between society and the environment.  To do so, he is interested in linking existing multi-disciplinary data infrastructures with models and dynamic real time data flows from citizens and sensors

Since 2005 Max has worked at the Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit in the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra in Italy. The Unit is responsible for the technical coordination of the INSPIRE Directive, aimed at creating an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe. Within the Unit he has been responsible for the development of the INSPIRE Implementing Rules for Metadata, and for research on the impact assessment of SDIs and INSPIRE.  

In addition, Max was the technical coordinator of the EuroGEOSS project developing  INSPIRE-compliant GEOSS Operating Capacity in three thematic areas of drought, biodiversity/protected areas, and forestry. He is currently the scientific coordinator of the GEO Weather, Ocean, Water project (GEOWOW). Between 2010 and 2013 he has also led projects on citizens’ science in the area of forest fires and the use of civilian drones to collect environmental information.

Max was initially trained as a civil engineer in Milan and then obtained MPhil and PhD degrees in Planning and GIS from the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield respectively. After a spell as an urban and regional planner for the United Nations in Saudi Arabia he took up information management teaching posts. In that role he coordinated the GISDATA scientific programme of the European Science Foundation, and the EC-funded Geographic Information Network in Europe. He was one of the founders and served as chief editor of the International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research.  One of the founders of the Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of Geographic Information Science, Max has been a major contributor to scientific meetings across the globe and brings an unrivalled range of experience in and breadth of understanding of science, GIS technology and social science.

Dr. Massimo Craglia / Publications

Key Recent publications (for a full list see http://inspire-forum.jrc.ec.europa.eu/pg/profile/maxcraglia)


·       Goodchild M.F, Guo H. Annoni A. Craglia M. et al. 2012. Next Generation Digital Earth. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 109(28), 1108811094.

·       Craglia M., F. Ostermann & L. Spinsanti (2012): Digital Earth from vision to practice: making sense of citizen-generated content, International Journal of Digital Earth, 5:5, 398-416  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17538947.2012.712273

·       Craglia M., de Bie K.,  Jackson D., Pesaresi M., Remetey-Fülopp G., Wang C., Annoni A., Bian L., Campbell F., Ehlers M., van Genderen J., Goodchild M., Guo H., Lewis A., Simpson R., Skidmore A. and Woodgate P. (2012): Digital Earth 2020: towards the vision for the next decade, International Journal of Digital Earth, 5:1, 4-21

·       Nativi S., Craglia M., and J. Pearlman. (2013) Earth Science Infrastructures Interoperability: The Brokering Approach. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, (forthcoming)

·       Nativi, S. , S. J. Khalsa, B. Domenico, M. Craglia, J. Pearlman, P. Mazzetti, R. Rew, (2011) “The Brokering Approach for Earth Science Cyberinfrastructure”, EarthCube white paper, US NSF, available at  http://semanticommunity.info/@api/deki/files/13798/=010_Domenico.pdf

·       Nativi, S., Craglia, M., Pearlman, J. (2012)  The Brokering Approach for Multidisciplinary Interoperability: A Position Paper. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 2012, Vol.7, 1-15.

·       Wessels B, Craglia M. 2010. Researcher-Led Development of E-Research in the Social Sciences: The Case of an E-Social Science Pilot Demonstrator Project. Sociological Research Online 15 (2) http://www.socresonline.org.uk/15/2/7.html

·       Craglia M, Campagna M. 2010. Advanced Regional SDIs in Europe: Comparative Cost-Benefit Evaluation and Impact Assessment Perspectives . International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research 5; 145-167. http://ijsdir.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.php/ijsdir/article/view/166/242

·       Craglia M. 2009 Assessing the Impact of Public Sector Geographic Information. In: Uhlir PF, (Ed.) The Socioeconomic Effects of Public Sector Information on Digital Networks: Toward a Better Understanding of Different Access and Reuse Policies. Washington D.C.: National Academies of Science; 45-46.

·       Wessels B. and Craglia M. 2009. Situated Innovations in e-Social Science. In: Jankowski NW, (Ed.) E-Research: Transformations in Scholarly Practice. New York: Routledge; 291-309.

·       Craglia M., Goodchild M., Annoni A., et al. 2008. Next-Generation Digital Earth - A Position Paper from the Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of Geographic Information Science. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research Vol. 3,146-167. http://ijsdir.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.php/ijsdir/article/view/119/99