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Establishment of a European Union Location Framework (EULF)

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When is this action of interest to you?

You work for a European public administration and you would like to have a coherent location framework to facilitate the integration of location information in e-government services, increase alignment in existing and future EU policies, and improve interoperability based on geospatial information (GI) and e-government standards. The EULF will build on the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE), currently under development.

What is this action about? 

The objective of this action is to test the concept of a European Union Location Framework (EULF), an EU-wide, cross-sector interoperability framework for the exchange and sharing of location data and services.

The EULF concept is intended to consist of a package of case studies, specifications, guidelines, training materials, recommendations and actions required by public administrations and stakeholder communities to facilitate the implementation, use and expansion of INSPIRE in an e-government context. The EULF will set up an open and interoperable framework that public authorities should use for their procurement. It will complement existing INSPIRE Technical Guidance documents to facilitate the introduction and use of the infrastructure in new thematic sectors.

Other actions in the ISA programme create synergy with the EULF, in particular the actions relating to Core Vocabularies, Base Registries, the European Interoperability Architecture (EIA) and the Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARE3NA). The EULF will provide ‘location’ input to the work on the EIA and will draw on the best practices developed for Core Vocabularies and Base Registries. The EULF and ARE3NA both relate to the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive, the EULF from a policy and usage perspective and ARE3NA in promoting the reuse of technical components. The EULF will also work with other Commission co-funded ‘location’ initiatives, such as the European Location Framework (ELF) and eENVplus to ensure alignment, and will contribute to the analysis and best practice development being undertaken by UN-GGIM Europe.

The EULF and ARE3NA ISA actions will receive policy and technical advice from the ISA Working Group on Spatial Information and Services, which includes representatives from Member States and relevant Commission departments.

What are the objectives?

  • Assess the current state of play in Member States and European policy regarding the use of location information and its integration in e-government services.
  • Work with Member States and relevant Commission departments to develop a vision for the EULF.
  • Prepare an EULF blueprint of methodologies, guidelines and best practices in five focus areas: policy and strategy alignment, e-government integration, standardisation and interoperability, cost-benefit focus and committed partnerships.
  • Test the concept of the EULF with pilots in the transport and marine sectors and also in a third policy area that will be identified in collaboration with the ISA Working Group on Spatial Information and Services.
  • Evaluate the requirements and approach for sustainability of the EULF.

What are the benefits?

Examples of the beneficiaries and benefits are as follows:

  • Member State and European Commission policy-makers: increased awareness of location and interoperability; increased policy coherence.
  • Public sector users of location data and services: better processes and systems, effective links across the public sector.
  • Public sector providers of location data and services: access to guidelines and best practices, reusable approaches.
  • Citizens and businesses using public sector location-based services: improved services, simplified interactions with government.
  • Private sector suppliers of location-based products and services: better government partnerships, easier introduction of new products, market access.


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