The goal of this project has been to deliver the European Location Framework (ELF) required to provide up-to-date, authoritative, interoperable, cross-border, reference geo-information for use by the European public and private sectors.This versatile cloud-based and cascade-supporting architecture provides a platform of INSPIRE compliant geo-information, harmonised at a cross-border and pan-European level.


Originally a the three-year project that commenced in March 2013 spanning 30 partners, it was extended to run until October 2016 and is now supported by a consortium of 39 partners across Europe, whose work is co-funded by the European Commission.  The objective has been to foster the wider use of geo-information and enable the creation of innovative value-added services. The project’s proactive stimulation of content markets involves the creation of sample applications using thematic communities to make user-led developments by SMEs (both inside and outside the consortium).

At the conclusion of the project, ELF moves into a transition phase which starts to transfer responsibility for the future of ELF to EuroGeographics. In the early stages of the transition, EuroGeographics will be supported by key members of the ELF Project Management Group to ensure effective continuity with the work of the project. Over time, ELF and its future development will be fully managed by EuroGeographics and its members. This will enable growth in the use and re-use of trustworthy, accurate and re-usable official reference geo-information and create a sustainable framework for re-use of authoritative public sector reference geo-information at multiple levels of detail.

The objectives of the project are to:

add value to INSPIRE data by contributing to cross border harmonisation

build a high performance platform and associated cloud services that support multiple national feeds and a wide spectrum of value-added services

demonstrate the usability of the ELF platform and cloud services for key European policy areas and other users including SMEs

develop sample applications in the sectors of Health Statistics, Emergency Mapping, Real Estate and Insurance

integrate of 3rd party thematic datasets and National Spatial Data Infrastructures (particularly extending beyond the INSPIRE themes provided by NMCAs) for service implementations based on specific user needs

provide a user friendly interface to find, view and compare the geo-information

extend the successful ‘proof of concept’ implementation within the ESDIN project

The project represents a total project investment of €13M over the term of the project.


For more information on the ELF Project then please refer to the ELF White Paper

The Competitiveness & Innovation framework Programme (CIP) Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) Open Data and open access to scientific information (Project reference 325140)

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