Ordnance Survey, which reports to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), has signed the Consortium Agreement and Grant Agreement to participate in the European Location Framework (ELF) project. The EU funded project will provide the platform for a global standard of geographic information to enhance business without barriers across Europe.
The three year project, consisting of three phases, is supported by a consortium of 30 partners across Europe, whose work is co-funded by the European Commission.
John Carpenter, Ordnance Survey’s Director of Strategy, said: 'Together with organisations across Europe, including UK partners, this project has provided an opportunity for Ordnance Survey to contribute to and deliver a European spatial data infrastructure (SDI). The project shows how government, industry and academia can sucessfully work together in supporting the wider use of geo-information and enable the creation of innovative value-added services.
'The ELF platform will add value to INSPIRE data by accomplishing cross border harmonisation to enable INSPIRE services to be utilised and shared, provide easy access and connection to SME applications, and provide authoritative National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) data to inform European policy decision making.'
The consortium is committed to continue to provide the ELF Platform beyond the end of the project, to enable growth in the use and re-use of trustworthy, accurate and re-usable official reference geo-information on not only a European, but global level.
The website www.elfproject.eu provides further information on the objectives and deliverables of the project.
The UK partners involved in the project include – Europa Technologies Limited, Snowflake Software Limted,1Spatial Group Limited, Open Geospatial Consortium Limited and Netrius Management Services Limited.