Since 2005 Max works at the Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit, European Commission- Joint Research Centre. The Unit is responsible for the technical coordination of the INSPIRE Directive, creating an infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe to support environmental policy. Max is responsible for research on the socio-economic impact assessment of INSPIRE. He coordinates research projects related to the interoperability of multi-disciplinary e-infrastructures that contribute to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. Recent activities have taken Digital Earth as a framework for evolving current e-infrastructures and integrate official data with real time data coming from citizens and sensors. This approach is being applied to develop novel indicators of Quality of Life in urban areas to include both quantitative data from sensors and qualitative information from the public.
See report on Citizen Science and Smart Cities
For a selection of recent publications see