Open ELS Project
European open geospatial data services from official national sources are a key component of wider European Location Services. The Open European Location Services (Open ELS) Project is developing pan-European data services using authoritative geospatial information and an associated business model. In doing so, it aims to improve the availability of geospatial information from the public authorities responsible for mapping, cadastre and land registries.
The Project is focused on facilitating access to, and encouraging the take up and use of, this information, and is strongly user orientated with a comprehensive programme of activities for SMEs.
EuroGeographics is coordinating the two-year initiative co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility. It is working with partners from member organisations in Norway, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Poland and Germany.
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Together with a number of members and other partners, EuroGeographics was part of the European Location Framework (ELF) Project co-funded by the European Commission’s Competitiveness & Innovation framework Programme (CIP) Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP).
The collaboration, which ended in October 2016, developed the standards, specifications, tools and technical infrastructure to deliver pan-European geospatial content. This provides a solid foundation on which to build future European Location Services.
The ELF Consortium formally transferred the rights and obligations of the ELF Project to EuroGeographics in June 2017, and a number of consortium members have signed a memorandum of understanding to continue to maintain the platform until October 2018, a condition of the Commission’s funding.
If you would like more information about future European Location Services, please contact Helen Kaestner, European Location Services Transition Programme Manager.