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Locationserver - in search of (INSPIRE) data

Jeroen Hogeboom

(Submission #138)


Many INSPIRE themes contain interesting data for applications, websites or viewers in the Netherlands in which one can query or show INSPIRE data as maps. For example a viewer that shows all the buildings and addresses and/or cadastral parcels and additional attributes. Being able to query or view data are relevant features. However many people would like to be able to search for a location or object via a search bar. Therefore a search service (API) called the Locationserver is developed by PDOK (in cooperation with the national Police department in the Netherlands). The Locationserver is a geocoding API which can be implemented in viewers, website or applications. The Locationserver combines INSPIRE datasets like Cadastral Parcels, Buildings, Addresses, Statistical Units and many more datasets which are data resources for the API. Implementing the API will give users the option to search for an object, for example a specific address or a cadastral parcel or a specific neighbourhood, and to the position of the searched object on the map. It’s like the search bar in Google Maps but it contains several government (INSPIRE) data resources so a user can also search for different objects. The Location server is an open API with open (non-restricted) and up to date government (INSPIRE) data. Everyone can implement the API for free in an application, viewer or website. So far there are numerous data sources and many more are expected. Recently new functionality has been introduced called “reverse geocoding”. This functionality gives users the option to request for nearby object results whilst giving coordinates. For example: which 1000 buildings are nearby my position in case of an emergency. The PDOK Location server received 5 million requests in the last quarter of 2017 and numbers are increasing. There are various applications using the API (private and public organisations). The Locationserver is an example of how INSPIRE data can be combined and used by many users. Another benefit is that different organizations don’t have to build their own Locationserver so less (in some cases government) investments have to be made. Combining the data means the data has to be interoperable which has led to higher quality of the data. Therefore PDOK would like to present the Locationserver at the INSPIRE conference. We would like to give other organisations an insight in the functionality and the cooperation between several government organisations.


Topic Area:  [3.5] Best practices
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   Yes
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   No
Thematic specialists:   Yes

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