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Establishment of a European Union Location Framework (EULF)

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 eGovernment services, increase alignment in existing and future EU policies, and improve interoperability based on geospatial information (GI) and eGovernment standards. The EULF will build on the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) currently being implemented.

What is this action about? 

The objective of this action is to develop and 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 consists of a package of recommendations, guidance, methodologies, case studies, training, pilots and collaborative action required by public administrations and stakeholder communities to facilitate the free flow of location data and ensure its effective use in eGovernment services. The EULF will set up an open and interoperable framework that public authorities should use for their procurement. It will complement and extend the implementation of INSPIRE to facilitate the introduction and use of the infrastructure in new thematic sectors.

The purpose of EULF is to help "location-enable" eGovernment, by providing a framework for assessment and action for exchange and sharing location information. This framework is relevant to all sectors and across borders, using INSPIRE in new situations and delivering location interoperability alongside the other ISA actions.

The outcome of the work so far is a strategic vision based on extensive consultation, an initial blueprint of concrete recommendations and guidance on topics such as procurement, the use of standards, and opportunities for the alignment of strategies and policies, and a series of pilot developments to apply and test the EULF blueprint in key sectors (transportation, marine and energy).    

The EULF vision is based on the premise that "more effective e-services, savings in time and money, and increased growth and employment will result from adopting a coherent European framework of guidance and actions to foster interoperable cross-sector and cross-border sharing and use of location information".

The EULF activities focus on five priority areas, agreed upon with Member States: policy and strategy alignment, eGovernment integration, standardisation and interoperability, return on investment and effective governance and partnerships.

The EULF Action, together with Action 1.17 - A Re-usable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARE3NA), forms the geospatial contribution to the ISA programme. EULF is the framework for adoption on best practice and ARE3NA contributes key technical components, with both supporting the implementation of INSPIRE. They are both led from the Joint Research Centre. The EULF and ARE3NA actions receive policy and technical advice from the ISA Working Group on Spatial Information and Services, which includes location and eGovernment representatives from Member States as well as input from the ISA programme.

As well as having important links with ISA, the EULF action also re-uses and contributes to the work of other European projects and initiatives such as the European Location Framework (ELF), GeoSmartCity, and UN-GGIM Europe.

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 eGovernment services.
  • Work with Member States and relevant Commission departments to develop a vision for the EULF.
  • Prepare a EULF blueprint of methodologies, guidelines and best practices in five focus areas: policy and strategy alignment, eGovernment integration, standardisation and interoperability, return on investment and effective governance and partnerships.
  • Test the concept of the EULF with pilots in the transport, marine and energy sectors
  • Assess the integration opportunities of EULF with the other actions in the wider ISA programme
  • Evaluate the requirements and approach for sustainability of the EULF

What are the benefits?

  • Increased awareness of location and interoperability; increased policy coherence.
  • Better processes and systems, effective links across the public sector.
  • Access to guidelines and best practices, reusable approaches.
  • Improved services, simplified interactions with government.
  • Better government partnerships, easier introduction of new products, market access.

EULF deliverables

EULF Strategic Visionpdf(3 MB) : provides a shared vision and rationale for the European Union Location Framework, defines its scope and highlights the governance and implementation approach.

The Assessment of the Conditions for a EULFpdf(2 MB) provides an assessment of the state of play in the five focus areas of the EULF, and the need for EULF action in these areas.

The EULF Blueprint contains recommendations, guidelines, methodologies and best practices in the EULF focus areas.

The EULF Guidelines for  Public Procurement of Geospatial Technologies focus on the procurement of location information products and services, such as the acquisition of new location data to support applications, the acquisition of solutions for using location data and services in e Government processes and products and/or services for making data interoperable and/or accessible.

The EULF Referencespdf(2 MB) provides inventories, links and supplementary information related to the EULF.

The EULF Roadmap consists of a high level implementation plan for the EULF.

The EULF/ISA integration strategy and plan consists of a methodology for prioritisation and selection of a set of integration opportunities between the products of the ISA Programme and the EULF.
The EULF pilots are a series of studies in key policy areas, to apply, evaluate and contribute to the EULF:

  • The EULF Transportation Pilot aims to improve the flow of up-to-date road safety data between road authorities and private sector map providers in different countries, supporting the aims of the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive and drawing on INSPIRE.
  • The EULF Marine Pilot aims to improve the understanding of INSPIRE in the management of location information related to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and to provide guidance and tools to help meet the regulatory obligations.
  • The Energy Feasibility Study has developed a location-based methodology to support different energy efficiency policies relating to buildings in cities. An Energy Pilot Study has been initiated which aims to prove the methodology and create re-usable tools for municipalities.

What are the next steps?

Completion of the work under the ISA programme will involve further evolution of the Blueprint and Roadmap, based on lessons learned from the pilots and emerging priorities. New guidance will be developed for "Policy Alignment" and "Implementation of Location Enabled eGovernment Services", additional use cases will be selected and implemented for the integration of INSPIRE in eGovernmental processes, and an initial EULF training package will be created.

There will also be activities to improve integration between EULF and other ISA Actions, such as:

The activities of the transportation, marine and energy pilots will conclude with, in each case, the creation of relevant methodologies, interoperability solutions, and associated learning and guidance. Benefits will be documented and plans for sustainability developed.

Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q3/2012 to Q4/2015
  • Parties involved: European Commission (DG Joint Research Centre; DG Environment; Eurostat; DG Mobility and Transport; DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; DG Energy) and the European Environment Agency
  • ISA contribution: EUR 2 047 000
Want to know more?

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 21300

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