Task #2385

INSPIRE data sets and services for a pan-European gazetteer (for the European ODP)

Added by Michael Lutz over 5 years ago. Updated over 4 years ago.

Status:Work in progressStart date:18 Mar 2015
Priority:NormalDue date:
Assignee:Michael Lutz% Done:


Proposed change or action:


 The contractor currently developing the pan-European Open Data Portal for DG CONNECT has carried out an initial analysis of data sets and services available in the MS that could potentially be used for creating a pan-European gazetteer of place names (for cities). They have documented their initial analysis in the attached Excel table [INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment.xlsx].

Please check the analysis and upload any corrections or additional data sets or services you would like to make them aware of.

For all countries, where no suitable placenames will be available, the ODP will use geonames.org instead.

INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment.xlsx (27.4 KB) Michael Lutz, 18 Mar 2015 09:17 am

INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment_DK.xlsx (27.8 KB) Lars Storgaard, 18 Mar 2015 10:02 am

INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment_SE.xlsx (27.9 KB) Christina Wasström, 09 Apr 2015 10:08 am

20150415_INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment_ELF.xlsx (24.4 KB) Michael Lutz, 27 Apr 2015 03:54 pm

20150611_INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment_ELF_(EE).xlsx (24.7 KB) Sulev Õitspuu, 11 Jun 2015 09:33 am


#1 Updated by Michael Lutz over 5 years ago

Dear colleagues,

as discussed at the MIG-T meeting in Madrid, we will investigate the gazetteer use case in some more detail.

As a first step, please check the initial analysis of the ODP contractor and upload/add a comment with any corrections or additional data sets or services you would like to make them aware of.

Thanks & best regards,


#2 Updated by Lars Storgaard over 5 years ago

  • File INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment_DK.xlsx added

#3 Updated by Lars Storgaard over 5 years ago

I have made corrections and added link to Atom feed.

Sorry - now with the correct link to the Atom feed.


#4 Updated by Lars Storgaard over 5 years ago

  • File deleted (INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment_DK.xlsx)

#6 Updated by Michael Lutz over 5 years ago

You should add the Basic Geographic Gazetteer of Spain:

URL: http://www.ign.es/wfs-inspire/ngbe?


Best regards,

Emilio López Romero
Director of the National Centre of Geographic Information
Email: elromero@fomento.es
Phone: (34) 91.597.96.46
Mobile: (34) 626.697.067
Address: General Ibáñez de Íbero 3, 28003, Madrid

#7 Updated by Michael Lutz over 5 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Work in progress

I have just been informed by the contractor of the pan-European ODP that they are planning to start with testing the gazetteer by mid of April. Therefore, please submit any additional data sets or services that you would like them to consider by 10 April.

#8 Updated by Michael Lutz over 5 years ago

Please find below the assessment of the pan-European data portal contractor on the newly submitted sources.

Please remember to provide additional sources that you would like to be used for the portal's gazetteer by 10 April.




    • Seems to be usable data. However, it is not INSPIRE compliant and no description about the attributes is available. Not all attributes are clear. Again there is a language barrier.
    • As long as no better service is available (e.g. the source mentioned below), this source will be used for continuous harvesting


#9 Updated by Christina Wasström over 5 years ago

I have made come corrections in the Excel sheet. A link to more information about our national gazetteer and to the API is added. The service is not yet an open service so a password is requried. 

#10 Updated by Arvid Lillethun over 5 years ago

Is the pan-European Open Data Portal for DG CONNECT interested in Norway as a participant in this system/portal? I cannot see Norway in the list

#11 Updated by Michael Lutz over 5 years ago

@Arvid: Yes, Norway will be included; the portal is targeting 39 countries, the EU-28, the 4 EFTA, candidate countries (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidate countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo).

Norway will most probably not be included in the beta version released in Q4 2015, but must be in for version 1 scheduled for January 2016.

So please do provide any GN sources that could be used in the gazetteer for Norway.


#12 Updated by Daniela Hogrebe over 5 years ago

Unfortunately, there are currently no INSPIRE compliant GN sources of Germany available. Thus, you might go back to geonames.org for German geographical names. Nevertheless, the BKG is currently working on the transformation of the national data into the INSPIRE data model and probably there will be a service available by the end of June. I will keep you informed about the on-going activities. 

Basically I would highly recommend to involve the ELF project which has taken over EuroGeonames (ELF GeoLocator).

#13 Updated by Michael Lutz over 5 years ago

Thanks, Daniela.

We will propose to consider also the ELF geolocator. However, at the moment, the only thing we were able to find was http://www.elfproject.eu/documentation/service/platform/geolocator which includes a link to:

which, unfortunately, returns an HTTP 403 response ("Forbidden").

It would be useful to have some feedback from ELF about their plans, also in terms of access and use conditions for this service. Can you (or Jari??) provide some more insight into this?

#14 Updated by Jari Reini over 5 years ago

ELF Geolocator runs currently in different URL and is password protected. I will check licensing conditions.

#15 Updated by Michael Lutz over 5 years ago

We received the following information from Eurogeographics on Eurogeonames and the ELF geolocator:

Dear Michael,

Nathalie Delattre, which participates in the European Location Framework (EFL) project and in the INSPIRE  MIG activities, kindly forwarded me the investigation/dicussion in MIG about the pan-European gazetteer.

I am in charge in EuroGeographics Head Office for the coordination of NMCAs national contributions of geographical names (GN) to EuroGeoNames product and the ELF GeoLocator service. We carefully studied the summary spreadsheet of the completed analysis of the available geographical names data in Europe and like to let you know about the available data content (by countries) in the ELF GeoLocator.  Please see the amended  column „The available content in the ELF GeoLocator“ in the attached file.  I sincerely hope Commission and MIG might be interested to consider the developments in ELF (GeoLocator) as the valuable contribution to pan-European gazetteer.

Please take appologies for the temporal unavailability of the ELF GeoLocator from the ELF webpages. We are still in the development mood. The GeoLocator web service was recently udated. The service has not been launched as the final product yet, we continue receiving national contirbutions from countries.

FYI, in addition to the national contributions from NMCAs some centralised maintenance was processed in the „central database“ of GeoLocator. We introduced variant names and endonyms for the most poplar geographical names (biggest cities), also checked quality and removed errors.

Please let me to know if your team (or/and MIG) be interested to learn more about ELF and ELF GeoLocator. We could organise a short webinar/webmeeting on this, or could demonstrate the application/content during the INSPIRE conference in Lisbon.

Kind regards



#16 Updated by Sulev Õitspuu over 5 years ago


I updated latest Excel file (20150415_INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment_ELF.xlsx) and uploaded with new name: 20150611_INSPIRE_geographical_names_sources_assessment_ELF_(EE).xlsx .

Estonia have INSPIRE compliant geographical names data, but not available through WFS service. If still needed, I can prepare zip file (GDB) from ESRI ArcGIS for INSPIRE database.

Inspire compliant WFS service will be ready to use in September-October 2015, latest and will be open data.

Non-INSPIRE compliant data is downloadable trough Place name register webpage http://xgis.maaamet.ee/knravalik/knr. Make empty search and then choose Export CSV button.

Sulev from Estonian Land Board

#17 Updated by Michael Lutz over 5 years ago

Feedback received from Switzerland (Pasquale.DiDonato@swisstopo.ch):

As far as the analysis of potential sources is concerned I’d like to provide the following info:

I can confirm our interest in supporting the initiative. 

#18 Updated by Daniela Hogrebe over 4 years ago

I am quite happy to announce that since end of December 2015 the German Federal Agency for Cartograhy and Geodesy (BKG) provides an open and INSPIRE compliant download service for geographical names: http://sg.geodatenzentrum.de/wfs_geonames?request=GetCapabilities&service=WFS.

Press release (in German): http://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/Kurzmeldungen/DE/2016/01/inspire-konformer-webdienst.html.

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