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 their commitment to further develop European location services.

We believe there are many benefits for users and for society in having a single access point for international users of harmonised, pan-European, authoritative geospatial information and services. We have developed prototype services, and are developing the business case to make this a sustainable service.

Our vision is for a single access point of access 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.

Open ELS Project

The Open ELS Project demonstrates the potential of a single point of access and offers the opportunity to try harmonised European open data services from official national sources. The Project also aims to provide certainty about what is free, charged for and under what terms and conditions. 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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Three animations are also available which explain how the Project defines Open Data, how it can benefit SMEs and how users can access the test services.