Open European Location Services (OpenELS)

Created on Jun 8th, 2020

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, which represents Europe’s National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities, is coordinating the two-year initiative co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility. The international not-for-profit association is working with partners from member organisations in Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands to deliver this core component for wider operational European Location Services.

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The OpenELS project experimented with the provision of geospatial Linked Data in the context of European-wide data dissemination. The four participating countries (Spain, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands) successfully transformed two source datasets according to INSPIRE themes, namely Administrative Units and Geographical Names, into LD and deployed the necessary infrastructure for data publishing. The added value of publishing INSPIRE data as Linked Data is showcased in the Data Story. The current repository contains Administrative Units (AU) and Geographical Names(GN) of the Netherlands. This work would not have been possible without the support from EuroGeographics and the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility for the support.