Stirling-based tech company, thinkWhere, will develop an online mapping portal to improve access to official European data.
As part of the Open European Location Services (Open ELS) project, thinkWhere will develop a web system that provides users access to geospatial data from public authorities across Europe.
The project is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility, which aims to maximise the use of geospatial information across Europe.
thinkWhere will work alongside EuroGeographics, a not-for-profit organisation leading the ELS project, as part of the initiative.
EuroGeographics represents more than 60 organisations across Europe, including Ordnance Survey in the UK, the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy in Germany and the Norwegian Mapping Agency.
Alan Moore, chief executive of thinkWhere, commented: “It is a real honour to be working with EuroGeographics on the Open ELS project, using open source technologies to remove barriers to use and promote the use of cross-border open data across the continent of Europe.”
Using metadata provided by Europe’s national mapping agencies, survey organisations and government land registries, thinkWhere’s platform will help users to search, discover, acquire and license open data and services.
Information provided by EU-based service and data providers will be used to create a catalogue of published data and services, which will be used alongside existing European Location Services technical components and open source technologies to develop the platform’s user interface.
Mick Cory, secretary-general and executive director at EuroGeographics, said: “thinkWhere has a proven track record within the not-for-profit sector having worked alongside organisations such as the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team and People In Need and were a natural fit as technical lead on this element of the project.”