6 June 2018

NMCAs plan to develop new core reference dataset for Europe

EuroGeographics has announced it is planning a new core reference dataset using, where available, INSPIRE-compliant geospatial information from official national sources.

The international not-for-profit membership organisation for Europe’s National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities (NMCAs), has signed an agreement with Germany’s Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) to coordinate technical production and quality management.

A prototype, focusing on transportation (road and railway) and hydrography themes, is to be available in Autumn 2018 and will also include basic feature types and attributes. This will be followed by the launch of the first version of the new dataset in Spring 2019.

EuroGeographics’ Secretary General and Executive Director, Mick Cory said: “Our members’ have made significant investments in implementing the INSPIRE Directive and delivering interoperable information. Delivering this new dataset is just one of the ways they ensure that their authoritative geospatial information is consistent with other data, in particular from other public authorities, to maximise its value and benefit for the public good.”

“BKG has extensive experience of harmonising and edge matching their national data and EuroGeographics products to comply with the INSPIRE Directive. I am delighted that they have agreed to provide technical support and coordination for this exciting new initiative.”

The core reference dataset is part of EuroGeographics’ wider vision for European Location Services, a unique and powerful source of harmonised geospatial information from official sources. After delivering the prototype, the intention is to include additional themes such as buildings or settlement areas, addresses and elevation, and to offer coverage for all EU and EFTA Member States and EU Candidate countries. Production is dependent on sustainable funding being secured.



For further information please contact Rhian French on +44 1264 300126, +447892 698 350 (mobile) or email: press@eurogeographics.org

Notes to Editors


EuroGeographics is an international not-for-profit organisation (AISBL/ IVZW under Belgian Law. BCE registration:  833 607 112) and the membership association for the European National Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities. It currently brings together 63 members from 46 countries.

To find out more about EuroGeographics, please visit www.eurogeographics.org