European Location Services

European Location Services will provide a single access point to European geospatial data services from official national sources. The aim is to cover the whole of geographic Europe, not just the 28 current members of the European Union, to provide unique and powerful source of harmonised, authoritative geospatial information.

Transition to operational European Location Services

As the official bodies responsible for national cadastre, land registration, geodetic surveying and mapping activities in Europe, EuroGeographics’ members fulfil an essential role providing definitive and detailed geospatial information.

As their independent, international, not-for-profit membership association., EuroGeographics is committed to supporting them as they improve access to this rich source of data. Our 2017-2020 strategy, unanimously approved by members, cements our commitment to delivering European Location Services.

Our vision is that European Location Services will provide the single access point for international users of harmonised, pan-European, authoritative geospatial information and services. This will enable national mapping, cadastral and land registry authorities to be recognised in their international effort to contribute to the wider public good.

Read the full vision and strategy

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.

For more information, visit openels.eu

History

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.