Improving the cross-border exchange of location information

European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government (ELISE)

When is this action of interest to you? 

You are working in public administration or in a private company, and you deal with information, data, services and processes about location.

What is this action about?

Information related to location is essential for many policy initiatives and digital services, from navigation and emergency management to searching for local amenities and mobile games. However, the free flow of location data faces obstacles due to differences in, for example, national data systems, licensing and privacy issues. This ISA2 action aims to tackle such issues by providing a package of solutions to improve the management, exchange and collaboration between public administrations, businesses and citizens on the use of location data in an e-Government context.

The action builds on the principles of the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community) Directive and the results of the previous ISA projects: European Union Location Framework (EULF) and A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARE3NA). It offers a means to better share public sector geospatial data for a range of applications and sectors across Europe.

What are the objectives?

The main objective is to ensure the optimal exchange of location data across borders and sectors, thus tackling issues in relation to interoperability and the free flow of data. As a result, the action will support the creation of the Digital Single Market. To achieve this, the Commission will develop guidelines and reusable tools for the promotion of a consistent and coherent approach to location data. It will provide a "geospatial knowledge base" to help improve legal, organisational, semantic and technical interoperability in this domain. The project includes harmonising location data publishing, data access and data use, sharing best practices, as well as developing pilots. These pilots will test principles in practice, offer lessons and resources for others to build upon, and provide the basis for a widespread rollout.

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
  • Access to wider markets thanks to the removal of barriers to the free flow of location data

For citizens

  • Better location-based services and access to public sector information not only for e-Government purposes, and not only as consumers, but also potentially as contributors and co-creators

For the EU

  • More effective policy development in areas featuring location
  • Improved connections between public authorities across the EU in the field of location information

What are the next steps?

In 2016, ELISE continued the development of geospatial interoperability tools (e.g. the ARE3NA platform, the Re3gistry, and web search tools), piloted new activities on energy efficiency and marine spatial data sharing, carried activities to assess digital single market opportunities, started a pilot for an EU dictionary of geo-names (EU gazetteer) service, and designed and piloted the Geospatial Knowledge Base service.

2017 takes ELISE into the ‘execution’ phase with development of frameworks and solutions, development and roll-out of pilots, and operation of the Geospatial Knowledge Base service.