thinkWhere is developing an online mapping portal to improve access to official European data. As part of the Open European Location Services (Open ELS) project, thinkWhere will develop a web system giving registered users access to ‘geospatial’ data from public authorities across Europe. The Stirling-based company is working with EuroGeographics, an international not-for-profit organisation, who are leading the Open ELS project.
“thinkWhere has a proven track record within the not-for-profit sector having worked alongside organisations such as the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team and People In Need and were a natural fit as technical lead on this element of the project,” commented Mick Cory, Secretary General and Executive Director, EuroGeographics.
Alan Moore, Chief Executive of thinkWhere added, “It is a real honour to be working with EuroGeographics on the Open ELS project, using open source technologies to remove barriers to use and promote the use of cross-border opendata across the continent of Europe.”
A specialist in open source Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies, thinkWhere will use metadata (data about data) provided by Europe’s national mapping agencies, survey organisations and government land registries to enable users to search, discover, acquire and licence open data and services.
Information from European service and data providers will be used to create a catalogue of published data and services. This information will be used, together with existing European Location Services technical components and open source technologies, to develop tninkWhere’s user interface.
EuroGeographics is a not-for-profit organisation representing 63 organisations, such as Ordnance Survey in the UK, the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy in Germany, the Norwegian Mapping Agency and the General Directorate of Mapping in Turkey.
Co-financed by the European Union Connecting Europe Facility, the Open ELS project aims to maximise the use of authoritative geospatial information by providing certainty about what is free, what is charged for and under what terms and conditions. It is hoped the project will realise benefits of open geospatial information from official national sources by making it easy to find, access and re-use and recognises the contribution of public authorities responsible for mapping, cadastre and land registries in delivering user-focused open data for European Location Services.