Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dr. Nick Land, Executive Director, EurogeoGraphics, T. +33 (0) 1 64 15 32 65 E. firstname.lastname@example.org Marne-la-Vallée, 10 November 2006
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EuroGeoNames (EGN) – developing a European geographical names infrastructure and services
The EuroGeoNames (EGN) project, submitted for being funded by the eContentplus programme of the EC, is a core project under EuroSpec.
EGN will implement an interoperable internet service that will link and provide access to the official, multilingual geographical names data held at the national level across Europe. By that, EGN will make a major contribution to opening up public sector information within a wider European spatial (geographic) information infrastructure, and relates more specifically to the INSPIRE implementation rules.
The target will be to aggregate data for between 5 and 10 European countries – comprising most probably also Candidate as well as EFTA countries – by connecting their national databases in the EGN infrastructure. The user – primarily ‘value added service’ providers - will have access to this information through a Web GIS application which will enable searching using all official European languages, including minority languages.
The project budget is 1,9M €. It started on 1st September 2006 and is coordinated by the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG). The project consortium brings together partners from the public (3 NMCAS from Austria, Slovenia and Germany), academic (Utrecht University, Edina National Data Centre) and the private sectors (Geodan IT Holding, GeoTask AG, ESRI Geoinformatik GmbH) embracing the full ‘value chain’ from data providers > technology partners > value added service applications.
These partners have well established working relationships based on other work, including the survey/inventory on European geographical names data (SI-EGN) that was completed in advance of the proposal.