July 01, 2011 -- EuroGeographics has launched a new website providing a shop window for the wealth of information offered by its members. With a simple click on a map, www.eurogeoinfo.eu enables users to discover the national spatial data infrastructures, products and services available from 56 national mapping, land registry and cadastral agencies.
The website is also a discovery and view service for EuroGeographics’ pan-European products offering users the opportunity to overview data and choose location or geographic information at different scales and detail. These include EuroRegionalMap, used for marketing planning, service provision, retail site location, environmental analysis, vehicle routing and as map backdrop against which to display specific information, and EuroGlobalMap, which enables topographic features such as rivers, transport network and settlements, to be used as background for applications such as planning, monitoring, network analysis and presenting environmental policies.
Antti Jakobsson, EuroGeographics’ Programme Manager, announced the website’s launch at the 5th Inspire Conference in Edinburgh and said: “The view services offered through EuroGeoInfo are based on our Pan-European products at regional level. This is the first step in our strategy to provide reference data services from our members and to build the European Location Framework offering an official source for geospatial information in Europe.”
EuroGeographics’ Secretary General and Executive Director, Dave Lovell, who simultaneously launched www.eurogeoinfo.eu at the UN HQ in Geneva during the 7th session of the UNECE Working Party on Land Administration, added: “Information about location, ownership, value and use provided by our members is being linked in more ways than ever before to other data. This allows greater analysis of statistics, more accurate forecasting of trends and improved decision making to increase effectiveness and efficiency in both the public and private sectors. EuroGeoInfo has been designed to provide a first point of contact for finding this data and we are confident it will become an invaluable information source for policymakers, businesses and citizens across Europe.”
EuroGeographics’ Business Operations Manager, Sallie White commented: “This is a really exciting development for our members who want as many people as possible to easily access, use and benefit from their data. It also provides a single place from which to find the discovery and view services European Union member countries must provide under the INSPIRE Directive.”
EuroGeographics has also published its annual report covering its activities during 2010, its 10th anniversary year. In addition to updates on projects, products and services, the report also contains case studies showing the work of individual members. It is available to download at www.eurogeographics.org/about/the-association/annual-reports.
EuroGeographics is an international not-for-profit organisation and the membership association for the European national mapping, land registry and cadastral agencies. It brings together 56 members from 44 countries, from Portugal to the Ukraine and Iceland to Turkey. EuroGeographics’ members invest around €1.5 billion in the development of geographical information each year and use cutting-edge technology to create, manage, maintain and make available authoritative national databases.
EuroGeographics members are developing an infrastructure to integrate their national data – including topographic and land information – to deliver the definitive pan-European location framework for a wide range of uses. By sharing best practice and creating standard data specifications and policies, EuroGeographics aims to ensure that members’ individual geographical databases are compatible and can interact with one another. This will provide Europe with the high quality geographical information it needs to develop policies and legislation for the environment, business competitiveness, public services, legal systems, security and more.
The Association moved its head office from Paris to Brussels in May 2010 enabling it to continue to provide objective and constructive support to the European Commission, Parliament and institutions of Europe more quickly, efficiently and effectively.
To find out more about EuroGeographics, please visit www.eurogeographics.org
To see our Members’ geographical information in action, please visit our showcase at www.youtube.com/eurogeographics
For further information please contact:
EuroGeographics’ Secretary General and Executive Director, Dave Lovell, on +32 2 888 71 93, +32 848 663 345 (mobile), email: Email Contact
Patricia Sokacova, EuroGeographics‘ Marketing and Communication Manager on +421 903 056 418/+421 948 388 908, email: Email Contact
Rhian French on +44 1264 338375, +447892 698 350 (mobile), email: Email Contact.