Harmonised geospatial data from official national sources will be free to access and available under an open licence through the Open European Location Services (Open ELS) Project.
The newly-published Open ELS data policy sets out the principals for accessing and reusing the data and services delivered by the Open ELS Project. In doing so, it provides certainty, to both users and the participating National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities, about what open data is free and under what terms and conditions.
“This document defines open data available from the Open ELS Project, as well as a common vision and approach for licensing it,” says Dominik Kopczewski, Policy Development Manager at the international not-for-profit organisation, EuroGeographics, which is co-ordinating the Open ELS Project.
“It was developed with feedback from National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities and complements their national activities whilst also respecting their national policy, legislative and business requirements.”