Report: Quantifying the Benefits of Location Interoperability in the European Union

Published on: 03/03/2022
Last update: 08/04/2022

Over the last ten years the ISA and ISA2 programmes have supported interoperability in European digital services. Understanding the contribution and benefits of interoperability can be difficult to recognise and to measure.

This report aims to demonstrate how interoperability benefits can be better understood and quantified, by focusing on one aspect of interoperability, location interoperability.

Location data is widely used across multiple sectors, it needs to be linked to other data to deliver value and it offers no value without being interoperable.


Benefits for public administrations, businesses and citizens in relation to digital public services can be understood  in terms of improved productivity, better public services, improved policy outcomes (e.g. health, environmental), and market opportunities. Interoperability is an important enabler across many fields but it is the policies and public services that are actually delivering the benefits.

There are many examples demonstrating the beneficial outcomes from particular policies or services, but there are very few studies that focus purely on the contribution of interoperability.

Through a deep analysis of case studies, the report calculates the economic impact of location interoperability for citizens, businesses and public sector.


The report has shown the great diversity in which interoperability of location data in the public sector can create benefits by,

  • fostering public sector efficiency,
  • developing better services
  • creating new market opportunities.

It also describes the challenges that interoperability plays in different policies. Learn more about the methodologies, findings and conclusions:

Download the report here

How to cite this report: Ulrich, P., Duch Brown, N., Kotsev, A., Minghini, M., Hernandez Quiros, L., Boguslawski, R. and Pignatelli, F., Quantifying the Benefits of Location Interoperability in the European Union, EUR 31004 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2022, ISBN 978-92-76-48846-0, doi:10.2760/72064, JRC127330.



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