Open Maps For Europe project publishes first datasets created from official national geospatial data – Geospatial World
Users can now access the first free maps through the Open Maps For Europe online gateway at https://www.mapsforeurope.org/
Four open data sets created using official national maps, geospatial and terrestrial information from members of EuroGeographics are included in this first version:
- EuroRegionalMap – multi-thematic open topographic data at a scale of 1: 250,000 – initial data provided by 31 national mapping, cadastre and land registration authorities.
- EuroGlobalMap – provides multi-thematic open topographic data at a scale of 1: 1 million covering 55 countries and territories in the European region.
- EuroDEM – Digital 1: 100,000 scale open data elevation model providing height data provided by 26 national mapping, cadastre and land registration authorities.
- Open Gazetteer – an open nomenclature service providing authoritative multilingual geographic names – data provided by 36 national mapping, cadastre and land registration authorities.
Version 1 also includes pan-European images provided by the German Federal Agency for Mapping and Geodesy – high-quality open data images and mosaics with 10-meter resolution as uniform reference products for mapping and visualization, created from data extracted from the European Union’s Earth observation. Copernicus program (Sentinel-2, L1C-L2A).
Users can discover, view, license and download open datasets, produced by members of the non-profit association of European national mapping, cadastre and land registration authorities, via an online interface developed by thinkWhere.
Angela Baker, Program Manager, Data Access and Integration at EuroGeographics, said: âWe are delighted to unveil the first Open Maps For Europe datasets. Version 1 of the project is the first step in realizing the potential of open geospatial data from official national sources, and as it progresses we aim to make continuous improvements and increase coverage. The next phase will be the publication of a cadastral indexation plan opened in 2022. “
âBy working together to provide pan-European data, our members are demonstrating not only what can be achieved through cooperation at European level, but also the resulting benefits for the wider public good, in particular the EU. support for political decision-making at European level. “
âOur unique approach to pan-European interoperable datasets unleashes the value of authoritative geospatial information and is one of the main ways in which members support the Open Data Directive, which recognizes that the value of data lies in its use and their reuse. By ensuring that their data is interoperable, readily available and easily accessible, they demonstrate a commitment to provide Open Maps for Europe today and tomorrow.
The Open Maps For Europe project, co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union, is coordinated by EuroGeographics in partnership with the National Geographic Institute (NGI) of Belgium. The mapping and styling of the Open Maps For Europe interface are based on the NGI Belgium mapping.
Open Maps For Europe is valid until December 31, 2022.