ESPON 2020 Database Portal

Theme: Database and data development


The ESPON database has been developed within the previous programming period, storing different types of data and data-related functionalities from various sources relevant for territorial analysis and monitoring. The main outcome of the activity will be an upgrade to the ESPON database in order to make it more efficient, more user-friendly, and more connected to the ESPON toolbox as well as outside world via web services. It will be prepared to store and distribute efficiently several types of data, from local to global, from tabular to GIS, from administrative to gridded data. In addition, the database activity will keep ESPON core datasets up-to-date and provide support on data-related issues.

Scientific support to policy development

The ESPON 2020 Database Portal ensures the availability of timely, accurate statistical information which enables policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders to address a wide range of issues in today’s rapidly-evolving global economic and social landscape. The ESPON 2020 Database Portal gathers and harmonises international statistical data in a multidisciplinary environment which is a key to international comparative analysis and policy work.


  • University of Geneva, CH (lead contractor)
  • Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona, ES
  • Spatial Foresight GmbH, LU
  • Université Paris Diderot on behalf of UMS2414 RIATE, FR
  • National University of Ireland Maynooth on behalf of the National Centre for Geocomputation, IE
  • MCRIT, S.L, ES

Project Support Team

  • Radu Necsuliu, Romania
  • Ádám Móricz, Hungary

Budget: € 700 000,00

Lifetime: March 2017 – March 2020


  • Inception report, 22 May 2017
  • Alpha version of the ESPON 2020 Database Portal, 20 September 2017
  • Beta version of the ESPON 2020 Database Portal, 20 March 2017
  • Final version of the ESPON 2020 Database Portal, 20 September 2018
  • Final report, 20 March 2020

Contact: Martin Gauk (Project Expert) [email protected]Johannes Kiersch (Financial Expert) [email protected]