Iceland has committed to contribute data to a gateway to pan-European maps, geographic and land information from official sources.
Following agreements with EuroGeographics, National Land Survey Iceland and Registers Iceland will provide a range of information, including topographic and cadastral data, administrative units, addresses, geographical names, land cover and transport networks to the European Location Framework.
They are among 24 National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities (NMCAs) that have already pledged to provide geospatial content for this single source of definitive, detailed and quality-assured data. In the future, users will also be able to license the information from different agencies and different countries from this single access point.
EuroGeographics is a not-for-profit organisation representing the European NMCAs and together with a number of its members is contributing to the European Location Framework Project. Upon completion of the development phase in October 2016, the Project Consortium, which also includes software developers, application providers, research companies and academia, will continue to provide their services under the ownership of EuroGeographics.
Mick Cory, Secretary General and Executive Director, EuroGeographics said: “Our members fulfill a unique role by providing definitive, detailed geographic and land information. We are committed to supporting them as they improve access to this rich source of data.”
“The Project has developed a solid foundation on which to build future European location services delivering the most up to date information available from official national sources. As custodian of this powerful source of geospatial information, we’re looking forward to working with members to secure its long-term future by ensuring that it will meet market need for authoritative reference data.”
“Content is key and our long-term aim is to offer full European coverage so we are delighted to sign this data agreement with National Land Survey Iceland and Registers Iceland.”
Magnus Gudmundsson, General Director, National Land Survey, Iceland commented: “The European Location Framework is a true international collaborative effort which demonstrates how NMCAs contribute to the wider public good.”
“It will ensure that our data is used across Europe by those who rely on NMCA information for high-level decision making and policy development, as well as users who need data to industry-recognised specifications that enable the easy transfer of applications between countries.”
Margret Hauksdottir, Director General, Registers Iceland added: “We are delighted to be contributing to the European Location Framework. It complements our national activities and will meet user needs whilst reducing costs, creating new business opportunities and increasing the reuse of public sector information.”
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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, Land Registry and Cadastral Authorities. It currently brings together 61 members from 46 countries.
The European Location Framework Project
The European Location Framework Project, which started in March 2013, is co-funded by the EC’s Competitiveness & Innovation framework Programme (CIP) Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP). The Consortium comprises mapping and cadastral authorities, application developers, SMEs, universities, EuroGeographics and the Open Geospatial Consortium.