Enabling Digital Government through Geospatial and Location Intelligence ​

2016.10 European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government (ELISE)

When is this action of interest to you? 

This action targets those working in public administrations or private companies that deal with information, data, services and processes using the power of location.

What is this action about?

Location-related information underpins an increasingly high proportion of EU and national governmental policies, digital services and applications used by public administrations, companies and citizens. 

The European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government (ELISE) Action is a package of legal/policy, organizational, semantic and technical interoperability solutions to facilitate more efficient and effective digital cross-border or cross-sector interaction and data re-use. These digital interactions involving location information connect European public administrations with each other and with citizens and businesses they serve. This Action supports the goals of the Digital Single Market Strategy, including specific actions of the e-Government Action Plan and the European Interoperability Framework.  

The ELISE action builds on the principles of the INSPIRE Directive which establishes an infrastructure for environmental spatial information in Europe, while continuing the work from two ISA Actions: the  European  Union  Location  Framework  (EULF), which developed and promoted a best practice policy and guidance framework, underpinned by  INSPIRE, with pilots in different countries and thematic domains, and A  Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARe3NA), which facilitated INSPIRE implementation in Member States through the development of a structured implementation approach and body of reusable interoperability solutions. ELISE continues this work by fostering the adoption of best practice interoperable solutions across the European Union in the context of ‘location interoperability’.

What are the objectives?

The ELISE objective is to break down barriers and promote a coherent and consistent approach to the sharing and reuse of location data across borders and sectors, supporting Better Regulation goals in terms of EU policy and the Digital Single Market strategy in the context of digital transformation of public services.
To achieve this ELISE will: 

  • Carry out studies to assess enablers and barriers of geospatial interoperability, examining the role of location information in the data economy and new digital platforms, including the Government as a Platform (GaaP) concept, and how these developments may be turned into value-add services, such as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), developments in the Internet of Things (IoT), next generation statistics etc
  • Develop a framework of guidelines, recommendations and reusable tools for implementing and enabling geospatial interoperability, building on the initial work of EULF and ARe3NA, to expand into new business models for re-use of privately-held data and information for tasks in the public interest (reverse-PSI).
  • Investigate disruptive technological developments for data exchange, licensing, privacy, trust and new ways of finding and using location data. 
  • Develop pilots and applications to test principles in practice, offer lessons and resources for others to build upon, provide the basis for a widespread rollout, and show the benefits of geospatial interoperability. These pilots will both support crosscutting applications or provide in-depth impetus in specific thematic areas, such as Energy Efficiency of Buildings and the Intelligent Transport Systems.
  • Provide a "Geospatial Knowledge Base Service", including landscape analysis, capacity building and stakeholder support to help improve and implement geospatial interoperability.

What are the benefits?

For public administrations

  • Improved business processes, systems and access to location data across borders and sectors.
  • Cost and time savings thanks to the reuse of location data.
  • Access to best practices and knowledge-sharing.​

For businesses

  • Easier development of new products and services based on location data for use in the Digital Signal Market.
  • Access to wider markets thanks to the removal of barriers to the sharing and reuse of location data.
  • Increasing economic benefits to business through the availability and re-use of location data.
  • Increased links and need for partnering between public and private sector on location information.​

For citizens

  • Better location-based services and access to public sector information for e-Government purposes as both consumers and co-creators of data.
  • Public data (in particular geospatial data) are an engine for job creation and growth.​

For the EU

  • More effective policy development in domains featuring location information and services.
  • Improved connections between public authorities across the EU in the field of location information.
  • Improved geospatial data sharing and re-use between public authorities.

What has been already achieved?

  • Establishment of an ISA2 Working Group on Geospatial Solutions, gathering Member States representatives from the geospatial and e-Government domain.
  • Study on assessing the role of location information and services in building the EU data economy.
  • Testing solutions to improve internet searches for geospatial data.
  • Further development of the INSPIRE in Practice platform and Re3gistry software
  • EU gazetteer common service pilot project definition.
  • Location extension to ICT assessment of new legislation.
  • Definition and provision of a Geo Knowledge Base Service.
  • Design and piloting a Location interoperability observatory in Member States. Defining stakeholder engagement, communication and awareness raising approaches.
  • Energy and Location Pilot related to the assessment of Energy Performance of Buildings.
  • Review, update and publication of the EULF Blueprint guidance on Joinup. 
  • Integration of EULF and ARe3NA solutions. 
  • Follow up EULF Transportation pilot and further support in the Intelligent Transport Systems domain.

What are the next steps?

In 2018, the action will continue with the execution phase by developing frameworks and solutions, developing and rolling out pilots, and operating the Geospatial Knowledge Base service.