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European Location Framework (ELF) acting as a facilitator implementing INSPIRE

Michael Cory and Saulius Urbanas

(Submission #384)


The European Location Framework (ELF) project has developed the gateway to pan-European maps, geographic and land information from official, national sources. As the single source of definitive, detailed and quality-assured data from the organisations responsible for national mapping, cadastre and land registry, it provides a single point of access for discovering and licensing geospatial information from different agencies and different countries. The project aims to ensure that geospatial data from National Mapping and Cadastral Authorities (NMCAs) is accessible from Europe, meeting the needs of existing and future data users. By providing the infrastructure and tools the project has supported national responsibility for delivering INSPIRE. The services aim to deliver INSPIRE compliant specifications and standards, freeing developers to focus on their applications rather than on managing content. In addition, the development of a license from a single source will, in the future, remove the need to negotiate with multiple providers. Work undertaken by the project has agreed common ELF data model and specifications; it has developed tools, engaged data providers and supported them in testing the quality of services. The project has considered the requirements of data owners and has proposed solutions for meeting technical and business related issues. Webinars, regional workshops, training and other communications enabled public authorities to make valuable contributions to ELF, fostering INSPIRE implementation across Europe, raising interest and encouraging joint working with non-EU countries. Therefore, the ELF infrastructure and collaborative framework has made a tangible contribution to INSPIRE facilitating INSPIRE implementation across the whole of geographical Europe. The ELF project ends in October 2016. The project will then move into a 2-year transition phase into an operational European location service under the management of EuroGeographics, on behalf of its members.


Topic Area:  [2.8] INSPIRE and the European Interoperability Framework
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional fields

Comments:   National Mapping and Cadastral Authorities, EuroGeographics, SDI, interoperability

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