The Open European Location Services (Open ELS) project is developing pan-European data services using authoritative geospatial information and an associated business model
In doing so, it aims to improve the availability of geospatial information from the public authorities responsible for mapping, cadastre and land registries.
The Project is focused on facilitating access to, and encouraging the take up and use of this information, and is strongly user orientated with a comprehensive programme of activities for SMEs.
EuroGeographics, which represents Europe’s National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities, is coordinating the two-year initiative co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility. The international not-for-profit association is working with partners from member organisations in Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands to deliver this core component for wider operational European Location Services.
Open ELS 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.
This task includes development of policies on data visualisation and representation for international border areas, as well as open data
For the first, following liaison with data providers and analysis of similar practice elsewhere, project partners will propose a unified approach for geospatial information where two or more neighbouring countries provide different content.
To develop an open data policy, the Project will use case studies whilst also taking into account national and European variations and interpretations. The aim is to overcome policy obstacles to sharing authoritative geospatial data and web services to create a policy framework.
An economic appraisal, together with an operational plan that meets Open Data in Europe guidelines, will also be delivered to ensure the sustainability of Open ELS.
This activity further develops and maintains the technical infrastructure for accommodating national web services and launching Open ELS
By enhancing and strengthening the technical infrastructure developed through the European Location Framework (ELF) Project, its focus is on securing a stable, robust and scaleable platform.
To support and meets the need of customers, a set of APIs supporting access and use will be delivered.
Two reports, one on Linked Data, in particular geographical names, addresses and administrative units, and the other on opportunities for user defined visualisation will be published and an automated on-the-fly pan-European edge-matching service made available.
Open ELS will be linked to European Data Portal based on the gold book and harvesting guidance.
Data Supply Content
The purpose of this activity is to make geospatial data content available in Open ELS for seven priority domains
Addresses, administrative units, buildings, cadastral parcels, geographical names, hydrographic networks and transport networks. It also includes the development of a content coverage extension plan.
Partners will deliver a streamlined process for data and metadata production to ensure compliance with INSPIRE specifications and improve overall quality, and report on capacity building for Open ELS data providers. In addition, a report on achievements in harmonising national geospatial data features along borders will be produced to provide processes and guidance.
An Open ELS support desk will be set up for ELF data providers and Open ELS contributors. As well as technical expertise, this will provide assistance on the maintenance of service/product specifications and operational capacities.
User Orientation Requirements
This activity focuses on improving the understanding of users’ needs to design, develop and arrange products and services
A key part of this is a SME engagement programme which will be enabled by the initial Open ELS release.
The task also includes facilitating and developing channels for open geospatial data web services, and raising awareness of the value and benefits of Open ELS, both in the private sector and in responding to the demands of European stakeholders, programmes and initiatives.
In addition to the Open ELS web user interface, the Partners will define and develop the data products and services and deliver an Open ELS standard licensing framework. They will also publish reports on the results of SME engagement, user demands for Open ELS, use case applications and a marketing and awareness raising plan.
Progress is monitored using a number of milestones to be achieved during the two-year Open ELS Project
- Open ELS help desk
- Open ELS data policy
- Economic appraisal and Business Plan for Open ELS
- Report on signed Data Provider agreements
- Three prototyped use cases
- Report on compliance with the MQA applied by the European Data Portal
- Open ELS linked to European Data Portal
- Connection to eTranslation service established
- Final Open ELS platform
The Open ELS Project is coordinated by EuroGeographics, an international not-for-profit organisation which represents Europe’s National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities
The Brussels-based association is working with partners from member organisations in Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands.
Open ELS is a core component of EuroGeographics’ wider vision for operational European Location Services. It complements the national activities of members and will respect national policy, legislative and business requirements. In addition, it aims to provide user-focused services using open geospatial data which is already available from members.
EuroGeographics’ strength lies in its extensive membership and it is proud to represent 63 organisations from 46 countries covering the whole of geographical Europe. By providing a single point of contact, the association enables government, business and citizens to benefit from members’ collective expertise, products and services.Find out more
National Land Survey of Finland
National Land Survey of Finland (Maanmittauslaitos) performs cadastral surveys, maintains property information, produces map data, handles registrations of title and mortgages, develops ICT systems, and promotes the research of spatial data.Find out more
The Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, Germany
The Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) is the central service provider of topographic data, cartography, and geodetic reference systems for the German government.Find out more
Ordnance Survey, Great Britain
The aim of Ordnance Survey (OS) is to provide mapping that informs, guides and inspires. Its vision is to reveal our ever-changing landscape in extraordinary detail, giving the most comprehensive view of Britain.Find out more
Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography, Poland
Poland’s Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography (GUGIK) serves the Chief Surveyor who performs tasks specified in the Geodetic and Cartographic Law. These include managing the implementation of state policy in the field of geodesy and cartography; recording land-based information systems of national importance and cooperating with other ministries in establishing and operating geographic information systems; and scientific research and development on organisational and technical standards, as well as the application of information technology, photogrammetric and satellite methods in the field of geodesy and cartography and in the national field information system.Find out more
National Centre of Geographic Information, Spain
The National Centre of Geographic Information (Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica – CNIG), Spain is attached to the Ministry of Development through the General Directorate of the National Geographic Institute (IGN).
Its principle functions include: Marketing, distribution and commercialisation of IGN products, data, services and applications nationally and internationally; guaranteeing the quality and distribution of official geographic information; issuing resolutions of a technical character in regard to the re-laying of boundary lines, when officially required to do so; providing specialised technical assistance and mapping infrastructure to both the public and private sector; and participating in research, innovation and technological development projects.Find out more
The Ministry of Finance and Public Function, Spain
Spain’s Ministry of Finance and Public Function (Ministerio De Hacienda Y Administraciones Publicas – SDGC) is responsible for proposing and implementing government policy in the following areas: Public finance; public enterprises; public employment; reform and organisation of the General State Administration procedures and inspection of services; evaluation of public policies; and improvement of public management and the quality of services.Find out more
Norwegian Mapping Authority
The Norwegian Mapping Authority (Kartverket) has nationwide responsibility for geographical information, operates the national property registry and undertakes all property registration in Norway.Find out more
The Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority
The Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority (Lantmäteriet) maps the country, demarcates boundaries and helps guarantee secure ownership of Sweden’s real property. It also provides services for subdivisions or changes in land boundaries, handles applications for registered ownership and ensures the registration of ownership the real property register.Find out more
Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, The Netherlands
The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) collects and registers administrative and spatial data on property, shops, aircraft and telecom networks and the rights involved to protects legal certainty. It is also responsible for national mapping and maintenance of the national reference coordinate system, and an advisory body for land-use issues and national spatial data infrastructures.Find out more
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What will the Open ELS Project deliver?
How can I supply data to the Project?
Data is being supplied by the European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities. The project activities include capacity building […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
What are European Location Services and what is the relationship with Open ELS ?
EuroGeographics facilitates access to official, authoritative geospatial data from its members, Europe’s National Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities. We […]
Why is the Open ELS Project developing a data policy?
One of the key aims of the Open ELS Project is to provide certainty about what open data from official […]
Do organisations have to make all their data open to take part in the Open ELS Project?
No, the Open ELS Project uses only members’ information that is already available as open data. The Project is not […]
How is the Open ELS Project data policy being developed?
The Open ELS Project open data policy and licensing framework are being drafted using the results of our recent survey […]
How does the Open ELS Project define open data?
There is no universally agreed definition for open data. For the purposes of the Open ELS Project, however open data […]
Who can supply data to the Project?
Content and coverage is key. All members of EuroGeographics are encouraged to provide their open data to the project. In […]