Towards future European Location Services

22nd November 2016

Towards future European Location Services

The European Location Framework (ELF) Project ended on 31 October 2016 and provides a solid foundation on which to build future European Location Services.

It now moves into a two-year transition to an operational service, during which ownership will transfer to EuroGeographics and its members, European National Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities.

Ownership of the system architecture, the ELF Platform, is currently being transferred to EuroGeographics. During this short handover period, we are working closely with the Project consortium so that we can deliver a transition programme, organisational structure and governance process that will enable the development of further content and services. Building strong relationships with content providers, potential users, partners and other stakeholders is crucial in helping us to define the next steps and meet market needs.

Our vision is that European Location Services will:

  • Provide the single access point for international users of harmonised, pan-European, authoritative geospatial information and services; and
  • Enable national mapping, cadastral and land registry authorities to be recognised in our international effort to contribute to the wider public good.

If you would like more information about future European Location Services, or to work with us during the transition period, please contact Helen Kaestner, European Location Services Transition Programme Manager.

The ELF Project

The ELF Project brought together 40 partners in a collaborative consortium that included national mapping, cadastre and land registry authorities, software developers, application providers, research organisations, universities, EuroGeographics and the OGC. We are all committed to continue to provide the ELF Platform for a further two years.

The Project has developed the standards, specifications, tools, showcase application and technical infrastructure to deliver pan-European geospatial content. As a practical example of INSPIRE implementation, it has supported the delivery of national web feature services and provided valuable feedback on the data specifications as they are implemented in different countries. This work is now helping others to meet INSPIRE legislation.

The ELF Project showcase application, a ready-to-use web map viewing service, is available here.

For more information about the ELF Project, please visit