Standardisation and reuse

The European Union Location Framework Blueprint is a guidance framework for 'location-enabling' digital government. The framework is divided into five focus areas. This section presents the focus area “Standardisation and reuse”. It outlines a 'current state' assessment and 'future state' vision, and practical recommendations, 'how to' checklists, and best practice references are provided. 

Current state

Several standardisation bodies are working on standards in the geospatial field. Also various cross-cutting and thematic standards exist at an international level. These standards can be interpreted and implemented in different ways resulting in incompatible ways of managing and integrating location information. Compliance to existing legislation (notably INSPIRE) helps, but does not guarantee, the creation of harmonised pan-European or cross-border products, including core data sets. Current governance and funding models leave gaps in relation to the interoperability arrangements required for the creation of EU-wide core data.



Core data has been defined and a funding model has been agreed for its ongoing maintenance and availability. Consistent use of geospatial and location-based standards and technologies, enabling interoperability and reuse, and integration with broader ICT standards and technologies, including the standards and solutions promoted by the ISA programme. Use of these standards in all areas related to the publication and use of location information in digital public services, including metadata, discovery, view, exchange, visualisation etc.



Recommendation 10 Adopt a common architecture to develop digital government solutions, facilitating the integration of geospatial requirements.
Recommendation 11 Reuse existing authentic data, data services and relevant technical solutions where possible.
Recommendation 12 Apply relevant standards to develop a comprehensive approach for spatial data modelling, sharing, and exchange to facilitate integration in digital public services
Recommendation 13 Manage location data quality by linking it to policy and organisational objectives, assigning accountability to business and operational users and defining what “fit for purpose” means and implies


Nature of documentation: Technical report


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