Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an interconnected group of hardware, software, human and intellectual components designed to capture, store, process, analyze and visualize information derived from georeferencing data. GIS are useful tools for integrating data obtained from different sources and displaying them on maps using spatial and temporal information, enabling models, associations and underlying trends to be identified.

The Geographic Information Systems office (GIS office) of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie handles the production, updating and dissemination of territorial information systems which combine spatial data with information entered in IZSVe-run databases. The office also manages the data collection, transformation and analysis phases, converting content into information that can be used to represent the territory. This is done through deliverables such as thematic maps, WEBGIS viewers and all the cartography required for veterinary surveillance actions and epidemic emergency management.

The office is involved in scientific research projects and organizes GIS training courses in the veterinary field, both nationally and internationally. Lastly, the office takes part, alongside other Institute facilities, in disseminating information, thus ensuring compliance with related regional, state and European directives.

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Activities and services

Specifically, the GIS office carries out the following activities:

  • development and optimization of dedicated geographic data collection procedures using GPS, digitalized data or other georeferencing methods;
  • improvement of procedures dedicated to geographic data quality management and control;
  • geographic database maintenance and management;
  • the study, implementation and optimization of procedures to integrate and harmonize geographical data with the databases used at IZSVe, particularly the registry of production holdings of veterinary interest; with the data managed by the IZILab system, dedicated to laboratory data management; and with the databases dedicated to the control of animal epidemic diseases, epidemiological surveillance and scientific research;
  • planning and implementation of GIS systems to be used to support actions to control animal epidemic diseases, epidemiological surveillance and scientific research.


Over the years the GIS office has developed various, mostly web-oriented, applications which are utilized by users both inside and outside the institute.

  • Entobase
    This application is for managing entomological data acquired from the Parasitology laboratory.
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    Web-GIS application for managing the veterinary geographic data of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie.
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Scientific publications produced by the GIS office of IZSVe.

  • Ferrè N., Vandenbroucke D., Roccadello E., MarangonS. (2014). Implementation of the INSPIRE directive in the veterinary sector: a case study. Preprint, submitted 2014-02-13 09:58.
  • Ferrè N., Petràs V., Delucchi L., Mazzucato M., Neteler M. (2014). Extending geographical representation of farms for veterinary applications. Preprint, submitted 2013-12-02 09:01:14
  • Ferre N., Kuhn W., Rumor M., Marangon S. (2014). Holding conceptual model for veterinary applications. Geospatial Health (forthcoming).
  • Fusaro A., Monne I., Salomoni A., Angot A., Trolese M., Ferrè N., Mutinelli F., Holmes E.C., Capua I., Lemey P., Cattoli G., De Benedictis P. (2013).The introduction of fox rabies into Italy (2008-2011) was due to two viral genetic groups with distinct phylogeographic patterns. Infect Genet Evol. 2013 Jul;17:202-9.
  • Mulatti P., Bonfanti L., Patregnani T., Lorenzetto M., Ferrè N., Gagliazzo L., Casarotto C., Maroni Ponti A., Ferri G., Marangon S. (2013). 2008-2011 sylvatic rabies epidemic in Italy: challenges and experiences. Pathog Glob Health. 2013 Oct;107(7):346-53.
  • Ricci A., Capello K., Cibin V., Pozza G., Ferrè N., Barrucci F., Menin R., Farina R., Marangon S. (2013). Raw milk-associated foodborne infections: A scoring system for the risk-based categorisation of raw dairy farms. Res Vet Sci. 2013 Aug;95(1):69-75. doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2013.02.007.
  • Ferrè N., Mulatti P., Mazzucato M., Lorenzetto M., Trolese M., Pandolfo D., Vio P., Marangon S. (2011). GeoCREV: veterinary geographical information system and the development of a practical sub-national spatial data infrastructure. Geospatial Health 5(2), 275-283.
  • Mulatti P., Ferrè N., Patregnani T., Bonfanti L., Marangon S. (2011) Geographical information systems in the management of the 2009-2010 emergency oral anti-rabies vaccination of foxes in north-eastern Italy. Geospatial Health 5(2), 2011, pp. 217-226
  • Ferrè N., Trolese M., Mazzucato M., Lorenzetto M., Dalla Pozza M., Marangon S. (2011). GIS application in veterinary medicine – A data warehouse-based decision support system for the management of diseases sureveillance Programs. Proceedings of the International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS) , 41-43.
  • Mulatti P., Ferrè N., Marangon S. (2010) Spatial Distribution of 2000-2007 Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza Epidemics in Northern Italy. In: Pandemic Influenza Virus: Science, Surveillance and Public Health. Majumdar SK, Brenner FJ, Huffman JE, McLean RG, Panah AI, Pietrobon PJ, Keeler SP, Shive S (eds). Pennsylvania Academy of Science. Chapter 17, 232-247 (book chapter).
  • Mulatti P., Kitron U., Jacquez G.M., Mannelli A., Marangon S. (2010) Evaluation of the risk of neighbourhood infection of H7N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Italy using Q statistic, Preventive Veterinary Medicine 95(3-4), 267-274.

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