20th June, 2008 Leiden, The Netherlands
I was privileged to be asked to speak at a conference of the EUPHIX consortium. This team, led by colleagues at RIVM in The Netherlands, has done a remarkable job in creating a portal for information on health in Europe. In my speech I asked, somewhat tongue in cheek, whether with EUPHIX we needed Interail to see Europe’s rich diversity. The portal is much more than a directory of information. It includes software for mapping data (down to regional level) and manipulating it graphically. However, crucially, it is supported by extensive guides, helping users to understand the strengths and limitations of the data they are using.