The definition, specification and development of data products and web services with a strong user focus is a key task for the Open ELS Project.

During the first 12 months of the Project, the team has worked closely with users to understand more about customer interest in, and requirements for, pan-European open data. This has involved user workshops, meetings and evaluation of early-stage services, in addition to collaborating with Joint Research Centre on researching requirements and use cases for gazetteer services as part of the ELISE programme.

Based on this, the team has defined six high-priority services, which have been validated with users, against data availability and technical feasibility. A selection of these will be developed within the remainder of the Project. Evaluation and feedback of the initial services will be used to develop and enhance future releases.

EuroGlobalMap as a Service – making existing EuroGeographics open data available through Open ELS as a web feature service, will allow improved access for users. It will allow the project team to offer a pan-European open data topographical product as part of the suite of Open ELS services, including future enhancements planned such as generalised NUTS3 boundaries which will enable connections to statistical data.

Regional Geographical Names – There is significant interest in availability of maintained pan-European gazetteers based on authoritative data to enable geocoding and a range of applications. Using content from existing EuroGeographics products, EuroRegionalMap and EuroBoundaryMap in a new way, this service will provide a pan-European gazetteer of Geographical Names at a regional level, which can be further developed into more detailed gazetteer services in future.

Open Cadastral Index Map –This web map service will offer a unique pan-European index of authority property level information. Users can also link (through the cadastral reference) with other useful data from cadastral registers. It will enable applications which need access to cross-border authoritative cadastral base mapping, such as for the land and property sector.

Addresses – Based on INSPIRE services from Member States, this service will allow a single access point to addresses through a web feature service. It will support users in a diverse range of sectors who require addresses for applications, such as geocoding and data validation, in addition to supporting address search functions in applications or providing data for emergency planning.

Buildings – Based on INSPIRE services from Member States, this service will allow a single access point to building footprints through a web feature service. The service will enable applications such as location of urban extents (e.g. for planning, emergency management or statistical purposes) in addition to supporting land and property applications.

Transport Network (Road & Rail) – Based on INSPIRE services from Member States, this service will allow a single access point to transportation network themes through a web feature service. It will be helpful for users who are interested in route optimisation, statistical analysis to support policy making and a range of applications requiring detailed transportation data.

Progress on these priority services will be updated here, including how to access initial releases when they are ready.

If you are interested in more information, including access to early versions of the services to support their development, please get in touch with the team.