ELF Data Specifications

The ELF data specification aims at facilitating the interoperability of topographic, administrative and cadastral reference data according to the requirements set in the INSPIRE directive with all its regulations and to other user requirements at the European and global levels. It is, therefore, understood as the conceptual data model for creating harmonised cross-border, cross-theme and cross-resolution pan-European reference data from national contributions at different levels of detail (LoD). By specifying the information that is in the remit of the NMCAs and for which a European coverage is of interest, the ELF data specification puts the INSPIRE obligations at cross-border and European level into practice, and accommodates an “NMCA profile for INSPIRE”.

 

ELF Data Specification is an important cornerstone of the European Location Framework to ensure a coordinated approach regarding harmonisation of the NMCA’s data and services in matters of content, resolution and quality. When adopted by data providers, the ELF provides INSPIRE compliant data for Europe.

 

The ELF data specification forms the base for the definition of user-oriented cross-border and pan-European data services and products, e.g. ELF Cadastre, ELF GeoLocator and ELF Basemap. Conformance to this specification will ensure the aggregation of data in a more cost effective and efficient way within a co-ordinated production and maintenance program for the EuroGeographics product range.

 

There is a single scale-independent UML model maintained for the ELF application schemas. The current model can be explored at ELF Data model. The table below indicates which INSPIRE/ELF themes are relevant for which level of detail (LoD) in ELF.

 

 

ELF Master LoD0

<5K

ELF Master LoD1

5K-<25K

ELF Master LoD2

25K-<100K

ELF Regional

100K-500K

ELF Global

>500K

Addresses (AD)

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Units (AU)

Administrative Units (AU)

Administrative Units (AU)

Administrative Units (AU)

 

Statistical Units (SU-NUTS)

Statistical Units (SU-NUTS)

Statistical Units (SU-NUTS)

 

Buildings (BU)

Buildings (BU)

Buildings (BU)

Buildings (BU)

 

Cadastral Parcels (CP)

 

 

 

 

 

Elevation (EL)

Elevation (EL)

Elevation (EL)

Elevation (EL)

 

Geographical Names (GN)

Geographical Names (GN)

Geographical Names (GN)

Geographical Names (GN)

 

Hydrography (HY)

Hydrography (HY)

Hydrography (HY)

Hydrography (HY)

 

 

 

Hydrogeology (GE - HG)

Hydrogeology (GE - HG)

 

Sea Regions (SR)

Sea Regions (SR)

Sea Regions (SR)

Sea Regions (SR)

 

Land Cover (LC)

Land Cover (LC)

Land Cover (LC)

 

 

Air Transport Network (TN - Air)

Air Transport Network (TN - Air)

Air Transport Network (TN - Air)

Air Transport Network (TN - Air)

 

Cable Transport Network (TN - Cable)

Cable Transport Network (TN - Cable)

 

 

 

Railway Transport Network (TN - Rail)

Railway Transport Network (TN - Rail)

Railway Transport Network (TN - Rail)

Railway Transport Network (TN - Rail)

 

Road Transport Network (TN - Road)

Road Transport Network (TN - Road)

Road Transport Network (TN - Road)

Road Transport Network (TN - Road)

 

Water Transport Network (TN - Water)

Water Transport Network (TN - Water)

Water Transport Network (TN - Water)

Water Transport Network (TN - Water)

 

Protected Sites (PS)

Protected Sites (PS)

Protected Sites (PS)

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous (MISC)

 

 
 

Version: 

1.0

Responsible party: 

BKG (NMCA Germany)

The Competitiveness & Innovation framework Programme (CIP) Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) Open Data and open access to scientific information (Project reference 325140)

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