Case Study: Using the power of touch to bring tactile maps to life
The Netherlands Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) is committed to making its information easily accessible to everyone. To enable blind and visually impaired people to benefit from its data, it is developing a series of tactile maps for navigating by touch.
“Our aim is to make all geodata from Kadaster available and accessible to everyone. For blind and visually impaired people, the best way is to create tactile maps. Open Maps For Europe provided an easy way to access official topographic data from different countries and apply the production process we have developed for The Netherlands to other parts of Europe.”
Daan Rijnberk, Kadaster
Open Cadastral Map prototype and data updates
The Open Cadastral Map prototype provides large-scale coverage for four countries.
The data is now available via the Open Maps interface and this first iteration includes Poland, The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Spain. The map takes INSPIRE open data and allows the user to find out what is available from national sources in one place before obtaining the data from the official provider. The cadastral map comprises four data types: Administrative Units, Cadastral Parcels (and Cadastral Zones), Buildings (and Building Parts) and Addresses.
First Open Maps For Europe datasets released
Users can now access the first free-to-use maps via the Open Maps For Europe online gateway.
Four open datasets created using official national map, geospatial and land information from members of EuroGeographics are included in this first release:
- EuroRegionalMap – multi-themed topographic open data at 1:250 000 scale – initial data provided by 31 National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities.
- EuroGlobalMap – provides multi-themed topographic open data at 1:1 million scale covering 55 countries and territories in the European region.
- EuroDEM – 1:100 000 scale digital open data elevation model providing height data provided by 26 National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities.
- Open Gazetteer – an open gazetteer service providing authoritative multilingual geographical names – data provided by 36 National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities.
Release 1 also includes Pan-European Imagery provided by Germany’s Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy –10 metre resolution high-quality open data images and mosaics as uniform reference products for mapping and visualisation, created from data taken from the European Union´s Earth observation programme Copernicus (Sentinel-2, L1C-L2A).
The project is coordinated by EuroGeographics,, in partnership with the National Geographic Institute (NGI) Belgium. The cartography and styling on the Open Maps For Europe interface is based on NGI Belgium cartography.
Sign up to our newsletter for updates.