Copernicus – CoKEN

The Copernicus KEN (CoKEN) is the knowledge exchange network aiming to support developments of services of European Earth observation programme Copernicus by arranging and/or facilitating access to reference in-situ data from National Mapping and Cadastral Authorities (NMCAs).

Aim, objectives and mission of the KEN

The CoKEN continues the activities of former Emergency Mapping Knowledge Exchange Network (EmKEN). The main purpose of the Copernicus KEN is to facilitate access to authoritative geospatial in situ reference data produced by the NMCAs for use in activities initiated by EEA/Copernicus.

Topics of interest

The main topics and subject area(s) covered by the KEN are the following:

  • Foster knowledge exchange between Copernicus and EuroGeographics members to ensure a clear mutual understanding of the Copernicus services’ in situ requirements and the geospatial data produced by EuroGeographics and its members;
  • Promote awareness raising activities intended to improve the visibility of the Copernicus in situ component and the important role of EuroGeographics and its members herein; 
  • Support initiatives aimed at providing harmonised geospatial data sets and services at the European level;
  • Improve Copernicus’ access to EuroGeographics’ data and services such as EuroBoundaryMap, EuroRegionalMap, and E.L.S;
  • Enhance the dialogue between Copernicus and EuroGeographics’ members, with a view to making more national authoritative geospatial data available to the Copernicus services in accordance with their requirements.

Work plan

The CoKEN maintains a work plan which is updated annually. 

Upcoming events

The Copernicus KEN is planning the following events:

  • 2019
    • Annual CoKEN meeting date and venue TBC
Coordinating Committee


Organisation and Country

Francois Chirie

IGN, France

Neil Sutherland

Ordnance Survey, Great Britain

Rheinhard Gissing

BEV, Austria

Olav Eggers

Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency,  Denmark

Nuria Valcárcel Sanz

IGN, Spain

Angela Baker

EuroGeographics Head Office