About ELISE - European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government

ELISE Enables Digital Government through Geospatial and Location Intelligence by promoting sharing and reuse of location data.

European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government (ELISE)

Enabling Digital Government through Geospatial and Location Intelligence

Target audience of this action

This action targets those working in public administrations or private companies that deal with information, data, services and processes using the power of location.

What is this action about?

Location-related information underpins an increasingly high proportion of EU and national governmental policies, digital services and applications used by public administrations, companies and citizens.

The European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government (ELISE) Action is a package of legal/policy, organizational, semantic and technical interoperability solutions to facilitate more efficient and effective digital cross-border or cross-sector interaction and data re-use. These digital interactions involving location information connect European public administrations with each other and with citizens and businesses they serve. This Action supports the goals of the Digital Single Market Strategy, including specific actions of the e-Government Action Plan and the European Interoperability Framework.  

The ELISE action builds on the principles of the INSPIRE Directive which establishes an infrastructure for environmental spatial information in Europe,  while continuing  the  work  from two ISA Actions: the  European  Union  Location  Framework  (EULF), which developed and promoted a best practice policy and guidance framework, underpinned by  INSPIRE, with pilots in different countries and thematic domains, and A  Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARe3NA), which facilitated INSPIRE implementation in Member States through the development of a structured implementation approach and body of reusable interoperability solutions. ELISE continues this work by fostering the adoption of best practice interoperable solutions across the European Union in the context of ‘location interoperability’.

What are the objectives?

The ELISE objective is to break down barriers and promote a coherent and consistent approach to the sharing and reuse of location data across borders and sectors, supporting Better Regulation goals in terms of EU policy and the Digital Single Market strategy in the context of digital transformation of public services.

To achieve this ELISE will:

  • Carry out studies to assess enablers and barriers of geospatial interoperability, examining the role of location information in the data economy and new digital platforms, including the Government as a Platform (GaaP) concept, and how these developments may be turned into value-add services, such as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), developments in the Internet of Things (IoT), next generation statistics etc
  • Develop a framework of guidelines, recommendations and reusable tools for implementing and enabling geospatial interoperability, building on the initial work of EULF and ARe3NA, to expand into new business models for re-use of privately-held data and information for tasks in the public interest (reverse-PSI).
  • Investigate disruptive technological developments for data exchange, licensing, privacy, trust and new ways of finding and using location data.
  • Develop pilots and applications to test principles in practice, offer lessons and resources for others to build upon, provide the basis for a widespread rollout, and show the benefits of geospatial interoperability. These pilots will both support crosscutting applications or provide in-depth impetus in specific thematic areas, such as Energy Efficiency of Buildings and the Intelligent Transport Systems.
  • Provide a "Geospatial Knowledge Base Service", including landscape analysis, capacity building and stakeholder support to help improve and implement geospatial interoperability.

What are the benefits?

For public administrations

  • Improved business processes, systems and access to location data across borders and sectors.
  • Cost and time savings thanks to the reuse of location data.
  • Access to best practices and knowledge-sharing.

For businesses

  • Easier development of new products and services based on location data for use in the Digital Signal Market.
  • Access to wider markets thanks to the removal of barriers to the sharing and reuse of location data.
  • Increasing economic benefits to business through the availability and re-use of location data.
  • Increased links and need for partnering between public and private sector on location information.

For citizens

  • Better location-based services and access to public sector information for e-Government purposes as both consumers and co-creators of data.
  • Public data (in particular geospatial data) are an engine for job creation and growth.

 

For the EU

  • More effective policy development in domains featuring location information and services.
  • Improved connections between public authorities across the EU in the field of location information.
  • Improved geospatial data sharing and re-use between public authorities.

 

Current ELISE Activities

In 2016 ELISE started several activities, which are being followed up in 2017:

  • Establishment of an ISA2 Working Group on Geospatial Solutions, gathering Member States representatives from the geospatial and e-Government domain.
  • Study on assessing the role of location information and services in building the EU data economy.
  • Testing solutions to improve internet searches for geospatial data.
  • Further development of the INSPIRE in Practice platform and Re3gistry software.
  • Design and piloting a Location interoperability observatory in Member States.
  • Location extension to ICT assessment of new legislation.
  • Definition and provision of a Geo Knowledge Base Service.
  • Defining stakeholder engagement, communication and awareness raising approaches.
  • Energy and Location Pilot related to the assessment of Energy Performance of Buildings.
  • EU gazetteer common service pilot project definition.
  • Review, update and publication of the EULF Blueprint guidance on Joinup.
  • Integration of EULF and ARe3NA solutions.
  • Follow up EULF Transportation pilot and further support in the Intelligent Transport Systems domain.

 

Interoperability summary table

The following summary table highlights the targeted interoperability levels according to the European Interoperability Framework and INSPIRE component(s) for each ELISE activity.

ELISE Solutions

EIF interoperability levels

INSPIRE Components

Legal

Organisational

Semantic

Technical

Data

Services

Metadata

Data & Service Sharing

Monitor & Reporting

The Re3gistry (v2)

 

 

o

o

x

x

x

 

 

Energy and location Pilot

 

 

o

o

x

x

x

 

 

Follow up EULF Transportation pilot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELISE Geo-Knowledge Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSPIRE in Practice

o

o

o

o

x

x

x

x

x

EU Gazetteer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing solutions to improve internet searches for geospatial data

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location inputs to the EC method for Assessment of ICT implications of new legislation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EU and Member States Location Interoperability Observatory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review and update of the EULF Blueprint guidance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELISE activity descriptions

The re3gistry

The Re3gistry is a reusable open source solution for managing and sharing ‘reference codes’, ensuring concepts are correctly referenced in INSPIRE, or for content in any other sector. ELISE is currently continuing the work on the Re3gistry under ARE3NA together with software users and Member States to make improvements and to make the software easier to be used.

Energy and Location Pilot

The Energy and Location Pilot follows up the pilot activities carried out in the energy efficiency sector in the frame of the EULF action (other pilots were executed within EULF in other key policy areas, such as transport and marine environment).

The pilot goal is to show the benefits of interoperable and re-usable location information supporting the lifecycle of energy policies and initiatives such as EPBD (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive), EED (Energy Efficiency Directive) and CoM (Covenant of Mayors).

The pilot is being implemented and tested through a series of use cases, involving different stakeholders (public authorities at local and regional level), businesses working in the energy sector and citizens (building owners).

EULF Transportation pilot and follow up in ELISE

The EULF Transportation Pilot has established an up-to-date flow of road safety data between road authorities and private sector map providers in Norway and Sweden, and provided guidance on linear referencing and exchange standards (the TN-ITS protocol), supporting the aims of the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive and drawing on INSPIRE. A related CEF project is now extending the implementation of the TN-ITS service in five countries (Flanders (Belgium), United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, France), for the provision of updates of ITS spatial road data. ELISE aims to provide for further pilot activities in the Intelligent Transport Systems field, in particular investigating the data exchange flow from private map providers to public authorities, and analysing the role of accurate and authoritative digital maps for travel and traffic information management and as a backbone service for connected cars in the short term and automated driving in the long term.

ELISE Geo-Knowledge Base Service

Formalisation and extension of existing services offered by the JRC, supporting policy makers, data publishers and users of geospatial data in terms of:
o  landscape and benefits analysis on the use of geospatial information and services at EU and Member State level
o  capacity building through webinars, FAQs, helplines etc.
o  geospatial knowledge sharing within the community of practice

INSPIRE in Practice

The INSPIRE in Practice platform is part of the INSPIRE Knowledge Base and helps public administrations responsible for providing data, metadata and services as part of the INSPIRE Directive to understand different approaches towards interoperability and for those interested in reusing INSPIRE in other sectors to see how.

EU Gazetteer

Common vocabularies/databases services of geonames, administrative units and addresses usable within any European data portal or other eGovernment applications.

Testing solutions to improve internet searches for geospatial data

 

Location inputs to the EC method for Assessment of ICT implications of new legislation

Extension of the EC ICT assessment tool and method, to ensure that any potential impacts from the use of geospatial information / services encountered in the preparation of new Commission initiatives are taken on board at a sufficiently early stage in the EU policy cycle.

EU and Member States Location Interoperability Observatory

Promoting the reuse of location interopability solutions, data and information via a replicable methodology which enables the identification, collection and analysis of iniatiavies at Member State level related to the use of location data and INSPIRE best practices.

Review and update of the EULF Blueprint guidance

The EU Location Framework (EULF) Blueprint is guidance framework with recommendations, practical 'how to' checklists, and references to best practices in 5 focus areas: policy and strategy alignment, digital government integration, standardisation and reuse, return on investment, and governance, partnerships and capabilities. It contains paths for specific audiences and activities, e.g. policy maker, public service manager, ICT developer, data scientist, INSPIRE data publisher, private sector entrepreneur. The latest update to the Blueprint introduces new trends in digital government, such as digital platforms and APIs, adds guidance on data quality, and improves the usability of the document.

 

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Owner
Name
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Type
Academia/Scientific organisation
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