Open ELS Launch
EuroGeographics is launching the first open data services from the Open European Location Services (ELS) Project at Geospatial World Forum.
Data from the Open ELS project provides a first step in realising potential economic and social benefits of authoritative information from EuroGeographics members, the National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities of Europe. This potential was revealed in a recent report by Deloitte which showed that SMEs in particular have a strong appetite for more cross-border authoritative geospatial data. To demonstrate and test the potential for authoritative open geospatial data from its members, the Open ELS project has developed a single point of access to a number of European open data services developed using official national geospatial information. The platform will be launched and demonstrated at Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam on 2-4 April 2019.
The Open ELS Project is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility
Discover the benefits of authoritative geospatial information through open data
Open data is a great first step in discovering the potential of authoritative geospatial information from official national sources. Almost all EuroGeographics members, the European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities, provide some of their data free of charge, with around a third making all their data available under an open licence.
Research, carried out by Deloitte on behalf of EuroGeographics, has identified a range of potential economic and social benefits in making high-value geospatial data available as open data in support of the wider digital economy. It found that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe have a strong appetite for more cross-border authoritative data which could help them improve their product and service offerings, save money and become more competitive. The research highlighted four potential benefits for harmonised single access to pan-European geospatial information: The possibility to improve existing products and services offering; the possibility to develop new products and services; the reduced time and costs of dealing with different national mapping and cadastral agencies; and the reduced time and costs for acquiring and accessing data. To demonstrate and test this potential, the Open ELS Project, which is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility, has developed a single point of access to a number of European open data services from authoritative data sources.
By supporting the development of open public data as an engine for innovation, growth and transparent governance, our members are committed to filling an existing gap in terms of data availability, meeting increased demand for cross-border geospatial information at European level for both businesses and policymakers, and helping to accelerate the digital transformation and take up in the data economy.
The first Open ELS test services will be launched at Geospatial World Forum.