EuroGlobalMap – a new pan-European open data set
EuroGeographics, the membership organisation of the European cadastre, land registry and national mapping authorities, recently announced the release of EuroGlobalMap – a compilation of data provided by 45 European countries and territories. The 1 : 1 million topographic dataset will be available for free under the provisions outlined in a new open data license. The dataset includes administrative boundaries, name locations, transport networks, settlements, elevation, and the water network.
According to EuroGeographics’ President, Ingrid Vanden Berghe: “Our members are committed to ensuring that reliable, relevant and up-to-date geo-information is readily available and easily accessible“. Subject to registration, the data are available to download in geodatabase or shapefile format. The Open Data Licence permits end users to reproduce, adapt, distribute and commercially exploit EuroGlobalMap as long as the data source and copyright are acknowledged and appropriately represented. This follows similar licensing arrangements already adopted by other agencies, for example Ordnance Survey GB.