Denmark: Danish Geodata Agency launches new data distributor website

New website for data distributor has been launched ( Here you can among other things read news about data distributor project and see the schedule. In a short time you will also find the technical specifications; then, you are helped in retrieving data from the distributor when September is access to the first selected spatial data.

Geodatastyrelsen (Danish Geodata Agency) is in the process of establishing data distributor, which by the end of 2016 make all input data available in one place and provide new opportunities for the use of data in the public sector and private companies. When data distributor is in operation, it provides access to basic data via online lookup, events / subscription and file distribution and replaces the different distribution solutions, today exhibits basic data.

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.

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, In 2015, Lantmäteriet is working to release the small-scale maps and positioning services.

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:

Luxembourg: New version available of map viewer of Luxembourg's geoportal

You can test it here:

France: Signing of memorandum of understanding on the deployment of the Street Body Plan Simplified

An historic agreement is now in place on the sharing of a background layer between network operators and communities. On 24 June 2015, the Luxembourg Palace, under the auspices of Senator Roland Courteau, President of CNIG (National Council for Geographic Information,, signed a national memorandum of understanding on the deployment of Street Body Plan Simplified (CASP).


UK: Defra to release open satellite imagery that could transform food and farming

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will release at least 8,000 open datasets in the coming months. Harnessing this open data will help food and farming achieve its full potential and enable the UK to become a one-nation economy, where the productivity of the countryside will be brought up to the level of our towns and cities. New data releases will be announced in the coming months and will build upon wider environmental data releases such as:

  • Imagery from the Copernicus satellite system that can pinpoint which places have the best soil and microclimates to grow grapes for sparkling wine, detect live if a ship is acting suspiciously in a marine conservation zone, or assess the health of crops and chart their performance under different conditions from space.
  • Real-time air quality and river level readings, beach cleanliness measurements and the records of the National Biodiversity Network ( which charts plant, animal, bird, insect and invertebrate numbers across Britain and has just logged its hundred-millionth record.