Published: Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:33
Denmark: Danish Geodata Agency (Geodatastyrelsen) moves to another ministry
In connection with the new government basis, it was decided that Geodatastyrelsen be moved to the Ministry of Energy, Power and Climate Affairs. Geodata is viewed of great importance to the work of supply, energy and climate in Denmark.
Published: Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:30
Sweden: National Land Survey takes the first step towards free map data
On July 1, 2015, Lantmäteriet (the National Land Survey) took its first step towards the free release of maps and geographical information. Lantmäteriet made available a simplified elevation model with 50 meter resolution and 2 meter accuracy in height. Lantmäteriet aims to eventually release all geographic data for free, without charges.
On January 1, 2016, another door will open to Lantmäteriet’s geographic databases, opening access to a roadmap, terrain map, Fjällkartan, and a nationwide real-time service for measurement and positioning with meter accuracy (SWEPOS network service DGNSS). Lantmäteriet’s hope is that other, more detailed geographical information can be released in the future as open data. Aerial imagery, high resolution elevation data, property maps, addresses and hydrographic network including allowing risk and impact assessments in the environmental sector and in climate adaptation projects are some examples. To open the data, however, political decisions are required on a new funding model. – Thus far, Lantmäteriet has been required to collect fees from those who want to use products from its range of maps, geographic information, and property information - what Lantmäteriet collectively calls ‘geodata’. A new funding model would make it possible to abolish fees and restrictive conditions of use.
See also: Open Data, http://www.lantmateriet.se/en/Maps-and-geographic-information/Elevation-data-/oppna-data/. In 2015, Lantmäteriet is working to release the small-scale maps and positioning services.
Published: Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:22
The Netherlands: Dutch addresses available in accordance with INSPIRE rules
In late July, Kadaster PDOK opened its first harmonized data set according to the requirements of the European INSPIRE directive. This means that every address in the Netherlands is now stored under the same features as addresses in other EU member states. This Dutch addresses can be linked and compared with addresses of other Member States. This creates a European address guide. This is useful for cross-border products, projects and studies.
The harmonized data set can be found in PDOK under the name INSPIRE harmonized. This file is updated daily so there is always an up-to-date version available. PDOK serves the new dataset Addresses only as WMS and WFS. This new dataset is no atomfeed (bulk download) available. WMS, WFS and atomfeed of non-harmonized INSPIRE dataset Addresses also remains available as usual.
Visit the PDOK website to download: https://www.pdok.nl/nl/producten/pdok-services/overzicht-urls/a