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February 10, 2015
MapAction Emergency Teams to Benefit from Authoritative Data from EuroGeographics

Feb. 9, 2015—Leading humanitarian mapping charity, MapAction can now rely on data from national mapping, land registry and cadastral authorities when responding to humanitarian emergencies across Europe.

As a result of an agreement with EuroGeographics, staff and volunteers from the humanitarian mapping charity are able to use two pan-European datasets when providing mapping to show where relief aid is most needed and how best to reach these priority areas. The data includes administrative units and statistical regions and 1: 250 000 scale topo-geographic information.

“Confidence in the accuracy and quality of geospatial data is vital when you need rapid, reliable answers to questions about ‘where’,” says Liz Hughes, Chief Executive, MapAction. “Having access to information from the European national mapping, land registry and cadastral authorities provides peace of mind that we’re using high quality, consistent data from trusted sources.”

“We are absolutely delighted to support the incredible work of MapAction,” adds Angela Baker, Sales, Marketing and Channel Manager, EuroGeographics. “We already facilitate the delivery of members’ data to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service so we know how important easily accessible, accurate geoinformation is when responding to humanitarian disasters.”

The agreement with EuroGeographics gives MapAction a full commercial licence to use EuroBoundaryMap and EuroRegionalMap, initially for one year.

EuroBoundaryMap is a seamless geo-database at the scale 1:100 000 covering 41 countries. It contains geometry, names and codes of administrative and statistical units continuously updated by EuroGeographics members. It also links to the updated statistical LAU- and NUTS-codes for all local administrative units of the 28 member states of the European Union.

EuroRegionalMap contains topo-geographic information at 1:250 000 scale and covers 33 European states: 26 EU member states (Bulgaria not included), 4 EFTA states (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), Moldova, Serbia, and Georgia. It is ideal for spatial analysis, cartographic publishing and backdrop visualisation, or in combination with other datasets for marketing planning and socio-economic analysis, environmental analysis, and transport management.

MapAction

MapAction is a leading humanitarian mapping charity that works through skilled volunteers. Within hours of an alert, teams deploy to the scene of the emergency to map the needs of affected communities.

In the initial phase of a response, MapAction’s volunteers help coordinate search-and-rescue efforts and the delivery of emergency aid. In the recovery phase, they help responders understand the changing needs of survivors.

As a long-term measure MapAction also helps to prepare government authorities, responders and communities for the impact of disasters before they strike.

For more information, please visit www.mapaction.org.

EuroGeographics - Connecting you to the authoritative geo-information framework for Europe

EuroGeographics is an international not-for-profit organisation (AISBL/ IVZW under Belgian Law. BCE registration:  833 607 112) and the membership association for the European National Mapping, Land Registry and Cadastral Authorities. It brings together 60 members from 46 countries.

To find out more about EuroGeographics, please visit www.eurogeographics.org

To see our members’ geographical information in action, please visit our showcase at www.youtube.com/eurogeographics

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