thinkWhere Map Portal for Open European Geographic Data Services
June 12, 2019 -- An online mapping portal designed to demonstrate the potential of a single access point to official European geospatial open data was launched at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam. Developed by Scotland’s thinkWhere, the user interface was also presented at the EuroGeographics Extraordinary General Assembly held in Leuven, Belgium. This was attended by delegates representing National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities from 27 countries across geographical Europe.
thinkWhere developed the online solution as part of the Open European Location Services (Open ELS) project. Working with EuroGeographics, the thinkWhere interface uses metadata (data about data) provided by Europe’s national mapping agencies, survey organisations and government land registries. The interface enables users to search, discover, acquire and licence open data and services.
Delegates at the EuroGeographics meeting were given a live demonstration of the interface, and were encouraged to try it for themselves by registering at https://www.euro-geo-opendata.eu. “The user interface is excellent and initial feedback from member organisations is very positive,” commented Mick Cory, Secretary General and Executive Director, EuroGeographics. “It provides a valuable first step in realising economic and social benefits of high-value geospatial open data from our members, the National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities of Europe, and has been a key delivery of the project.”
The Open ELS project follows the commonly...