ESPON Database 2013


ESPON database and data development.

Thematic scope

At the European level several initiatives have been carried out to promote data comparability and data quality, e.g. the INSPIRE Directive which aims at making available relevant, harmonised and quality geographic information for the purpose of formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Community policy-making and the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative launched in 1998.

For ESPON, the database is considered a central element in the programme’s scientific platform and a tool providing input for analysis based on territorial indicators. It is equally important as a tool for a continuous territorial monitoring. Against this backdrop, it is crucial to maintain, update, further develop and expand the ESPON database, resulting from the ESPON 2006 Programme.

Please read more about the main research areas and main results envisaged on the next page.

Lead Partner

University of Paris 7 Denis Diderot on behalf of UMS2414 RIATE, France.
Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

Budget: € 1 300 000,00

Project’s lifetime: July 2008 – February 2011

Delivery of Reports

Inception Report: 26 September 2008
Interim Report: February 2009 (1st), February 2010 (2nd)
Draft Final Report: December 2010
Final Report: March 2011


Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

More information

Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:
Sandra DI BIAGGIO, e-mail: [email protected]

Main research areas

  • Integration of data from different spatial scales (from global to local levels) – broadband spatial analysis. In fact many policy objectives, especially in the field of territorial cohesion or in management of functional urban regions, can only be observed at local level but at the same time taking into account the global level. Considering that the EU is not a closed system, many of its internal dynamics need to be related to global trends at world level or at neighbourhood scale.
  • Combination of heterogeneous sources – different types and sources of data have to be integrated, despite the fact that they are produced by different organisations using different spatial delimitations or statistical definitions.
  • Reconstitution of medium and long-term time series – MAUP and missing values - to be able to estimate missing values both in a prospective (estimation of future trends) and retrospective way (reconstitution of past trends).
  • Exploration of new thematic fields – zooms, surveys and case studies to make ESPON highly innovative to explore precisely new topics and suggest how to collect relevant data in a systematic way in the future.

Main results envisaged

  • Updated version of the ESPON 2006 database (EUROSTAT data, plus selection of ESPON 2006 indicators).
  • Updated versions of the ESPON mapping tool facility, covering the entire EU plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
  • A continuously updated and validated ESPON 2013 Database  (internal use) including datasets from ESPON projects developed under Priority 1 and 2, as well as relevant regional data in the field of European territorial development and cohesion.
  • A continuously updated and validated ESPON 2013 Database (public use) including derivative data from ESPON projects developed under Priority 1 and 2, as well as relevant public regional data in the field of European territorial development and cohesion. This database will also include selected datasets covering the entire world, which are relevant for the ESPON thematic and for understanding the position of Europe in the world.
  • Enhance cooperation with other international and European institutions with relevant data for ESPON and integration in European Initiatives related to geographic information and regional analysis.
  • A map collection from ESPON projects under Priority 1 and 2.


Final Report - Main Report

  • Acrobat Document | 5.95MB

Final Report - Overview of Technical Reports

  • Acrobat Document | 432KB

Final Report - Technical Reports

  • Zip archive | 40.58MB

Draft Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 5.82MB

Draft Final Report - Technical reports

  • Acrobat Document | 39.70MB

Interim Report Two

  • Acrobat Document | 5.70MB

Interim Report Two - Draft Technical Reports nb. these technical reports are still in the process of finalisation

  • Acrobat Document | 23.15MB

Press Release - Interim Report One 16 July 2009

  • Acrobat Document | 23KB

Interim Report One

  • Acrobat Document | 4.70MB

Inception Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1.60MB

Inception Report - Annex

  • Acrobat Document | 1,024KB

Project Specification

  • MS-Word Document | 103KB