Geomatics is the discipline that integrates Earth Sciences with Information Technology in order
to acquire, stock, analyze, diffuse, and manage data related to a territory.
The study of geomatics is especially influential to the development and
economic growth of rural areas. As well, it is the information technology sector which currently and in
the future will provide the most essential applications for
the rural world (land management, sustainable agriculture, protection of
the environment, food product traceability, tourism promotion, and new services
for migrating citizens...). For these reasons the CCI of Gers saw its
involvement in Geomatics as indispensable to its future growth and success.
The CCI of Gers established a Geomatics Strategy in 1998, whose
ultimate goal was to establish a European geomatics technology centre
which would bring together initial training and continuing education, fundamental and applied research,
a technology incubator, a business incubator, and a welcoming
centre for new companies. Furthermore, the Geomatics
Strategy includes continuing participation and cooperation with exterior
partners (within the European Projects framework).
In 1997 the European Geomatics Centre (EGC) of Gers was founded in Auch, France. The centre is
responsible for conducting studies and projects (both European and
non-European), participating in research and development, providing training
courses in the field of Geomatics, as well as acting as a project and business
incubator for entrepreneurs in the field of Geomatics.