Frequently asked questions about OpenELS

Aims, organisation and funding


What is the Open European Location Services (ELS) project?

Open ELS is developing pan-European and cross-border open data services using authoritative geospatial information, and designing an associated business model. In doing so, it aims to improve the availability and interoperability of open geospatial information from the public authorities responsible for mapping, cadastre and land registries.


Who is delivering Open ELS?

EuroGeographics, an independent, international, not-for-profit membership association for European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities, is coordinating the two-year initiative. It is working with partners from member organisations in Norway, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Poland and Germany.

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What is the aim of the Open ELS Project?

Open ELS aims to provide European open data services to maximise the:

  • Use of authoritative geospatial information by providing certainty about what is free, what is charged for and under what terms and conditions.
  • Benefits of open geospatial information from official national sources by making it easy to find, access and re-use.
  • Contribution of public authorities responsible for mapping, cadastre and land registries in delivering user-focused open data for European Location Services.

The Project is a core component of a wider vision for operational European Location Services. These will provide European geospatial data services from official national sources.


How is the Open ELS Project funded?

The Open ELS Project is co-financed by the European Union Connecting Europe Facility. It has a total budget of €2.4 million and receives 50 per cent funding from the European Commission with the remainder being met by the Project partners.


What will the Open ELS Project deliver?

The Open ELS Project will deliver the following:

  • Open ELS data policy
  • Open ELS Standard License and terms of use
  • Open ELS help desk
  • Open ELS business model and operational plan
  • Open ELS Data Provider agreement
  • Three prototyped use cases
  • Report on compliance with the MQA applied by the European Data Portal
  • Open ELS linked to European Data Portal
  • Implementation of eTranslation
  • Final Open ELS platform

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Coverage, data supply and specifications


How can I supply data to the Project?

Please contact Saulius Urbanas for further information.

Data is being supplied by the European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities. The project activities include capacity building and developing an engagement plan for improving coverage.


How will data from the Project be licensed?

Open ELS services will complement the national activities of members and will respect national policy, legislative and business requirements. The delivery of an open data policy, standard licence and terms of use are key milestones and are developed in the project.


Will data provided by the Project meet the INSPIRE specifications?

Yes, the Project partners will deliver a streamlined process for data and metadata production to ensure compliance with INSPIRE specifications and improve overall quality.


Will the Open ELS Project connect with any other open data initiatives?

Open ELS will be linked to European Data Portal using the gold book and harvesting guidance.