Keeping the ESPON Scientific Platform up to date requires updating of existing ESPON Maps which have been developed by projects or activities within the context of the ESPON Programme.
The update of indicators based on new datasets makes it possible to analyses trends within a given topic and to inform policy makers on this development. Topics to be dealt with are selected by the ESPON Monitoring Committee.
Map updates are presented by explaining the concept/method/measurement applied, detailing observations as well as drawing conclusions for the use of policymakers and practitioners. Usually, map updates deliver input to ESPON Publications and the ESPON Map of the Month.