ESPON Database 2013 Phase II (2011-2014)

Multi Dimensional Database Design and Development (M4D)


ESPON database and data development, Phase II (2011-2014)

Thematic scope

Taking as starting point the achievements of the Project “ESPON Database 2013” (Phase I) and the results and discussions from the ongoing ESPON Project on “Territorial Indicators and Indices” (INTERCO), this project shall maintain, update, develop and further expand the ESPON 2013 Database.

In this framework, the main European activities carried out to promote data comparability and data quality, in particular the INSPIRE Directive and the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) initiative will be taken into consideration.

In general, the ESPON 2013 Database shall supply different users (ESPON community and general public), including researchers, policy makers and stakeholders at regional and local level, with data, indicators and (visualisation) tools in the field of European territorial development and cohesion needed for policy formulation, application and monitoring at different geographical levels. The data managed by the project originates from European institutions such as EUROSTAT and EEA, and from all ESPON projects. By doing this, the ESPON 2013 Database shall contribute to better understanding of territorial structures, the current situation and past and future trends of different types of European territories in relation to the various geographical contexts (from local to global) and within a large variety of themes.

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: February 2011 - December 2014

Delivery of Reports

Inception Report: 22 July 2011

Interim Report: June 2012 (1st), June 2013 (2nd)

Draft Final Report: June 2014

Final Report (including the Database Portal and background documentation): December 2014


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

More information

Please contact the Project Experts at the ESPON Coordination Unit:

Sandra DI BIAGGIO, e-mail: [email protected]

Marjan VAN HERWIJNEN, e-mail: [email protected]

Main activities during project implementation

  • Data storage: Database design following the four basic dimensions: spatial scale, different data sources, time series and thematic fields; Ensuring a continuous updated database; Data quality control; Integration of data and metadata delivered by all ESPON projects, including local data and data from other sources.
  • Data diffusion: A user-friendly interface via the ESPON website; Easy accessibility of data via various types of queries; Data accessibility in compliance with the INSPIRE recommendations; Enlarging visibility of the Database itself.
  • Time series: Reconstruction of time series of the most important indicators and data and estimation of missing values.
  • Various geographical objects: Integration of data for various geographical objects, such as grids, NUTS, cities, functional areas at different scales and networks; Conversion from grid to NUTS data and vice-versa.
  • Support: Efficient data and information flow within the ESPON 2013 network; Cooperation with the ESPON web service provider; Updating of the Map Kit tool; Supporting the ESPON CU; External networking.

Main results envisaged

  • Regular delivery of an updated version of the ESPON 2013 Database to the ESPON CU and the ESPON website service provider according to the agreed proposal for maintenance and continuous updating of the ESPON 2013 Database (at least 2 updates per year to be delivered before each ESPON Seminar).
  • Regular delivery of an updated inventory of available data (statistical and geographical) for the ESPON programme should be made and provided to the ESPON CU (at least 2 times per year to be delivered before each ESPON Seminar).
  • Continued guidance and recommendations to ongoing ESPON projects in relation to data and metadata issues, building up indicators, data quality control, outlier detection and integration of data into the ESPON database.
  • Implementation of regular updating procedures in relation to maintenance and continuous updating of the ESPON Map Kit tool for Priority 1 and 2 projects according to the agreed proposal.
  • Special support upon request from the ESPON CU related to ESPON reports, ESPON publications, press releases, presentations, etc.
  • SWOT analysis of the various possibilities to improve the visibility and accessibility of the ESPON Database and as a second step the implementation of one of these options.
  • Proposal on how to ensure the updating and maintenance of the ESPON 2013 Database in the future (beyond 2014).



Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 7.01MB

Final Report - Technical Report - Mapping Guide for ESPON projects

  • Acrobat Document | 3.62MB

Draft Final Report - Main Report

  • Acrobat Document | 6.45MB

Draft Final Report - Functional Urban Areas (FUA) and European harmonization

  • Acrobat Document | 4.46MB

Draft Final Report - Local data in M4D

  • Acrobat Document | 2.34MB

Draft Final Report - OLAP

  • Acrobat Document | 2.89MB

Draft Final Report - Data Quality Check: Methods & Procedures

  • Acrobat Document | 867KB

Second Interim Report - List of Deliveries

  • Acrobat Document | 268KB

Second Interim Report - Main Report

  • Acrobat Document | 4.49MB

Second Interim Report - Swot analysis

  • Acrobat Document | 3.85MB

Second Interim Report - Functional Indicators Computations

  • Acrobat Document | 3.40MB

Second Interim Report - Populating Urban DB Method

  • Acrobat Document | 829KB

Second Interim Report - Construction FUA

  • Acrobat Document | 3.03MB

Second Interim Report - Urban Time Series

  • Acrobat Document | 485KB

Second Interim Report - Strategical Framework

  • Acrobat Document | 1.34MB

Second Interim Report - European Neighboring cities

  • Acrobat Document | 1.20MB

First Interim Report

  • Acrobat Document | 8.48MB

First Interim Report - Annex Technical Report "Local and regional data"

  • Acrobat Document | 2.80MB

First Interim Report - Annex Technical Report "Detecting and Handling Anomalous Data in M4D"

  • Acrobat Document | 829KB

First Interim Report - Annex Technical Report "Time Series Analysis"

  • Acrobat Document | 652KB

Inception Report

  • Acrobat Document | 3.99MB

Project Specification

  • Acrobat Document | 79KB