RIMAP - ESPON Online Mapping Tool

Thematic scope

The project “ESPON Online Mapping Tool” aims at providing access to and enabling using the ESPON knowledge base in an easy and highly digestible manner. This will be done by giving people the possibility to produce, visualise, analyse and download maps and diagrams of data and indicators that are directly coming from the ESPON 2013 Database.

With developing a tool to visualise and analyse ESPON data and indicators in maps and diagrams it should fill the gap between disseminating data in tables (by the ESPON Database) and disseminating data in fixed maps (by the ESPON Online MapFinder and ESPON project reports).

In achieving the general objectives described above the following main domains will be considered:

  1. Data storage
  2. Data visualisation
  3. Data analysis
  4. Output
  5. User interface
  6. User support
  7. Web application

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

Scientific support to policy development

The ESPON Online Mapping Tool will be a highly interactive mapping tool available via the Internet where users can select, combine and overlay indicators from the ESPON database, choose the geography, make a map, diagram or even animations based on indicator time series.

The Online Mapping Tool will be at the disposal of policy makers and practitioners at all administrative levels, but also of the general public, including researchers and university students. With that the tool contributes to the use of ESPON data and information and the consolidation of a European research field on territorial development and cohesion.

Lead Institution


Contact: Sergio Muñoz

E-mail: [email protected]

Budget: € 120 500,00

Project’s lifetime: February 2012 – December 2013

Delivery of Reports

Inception Report: 26 June 2012

Interim Report (including video): 14 December 2012

Draft Final Report (including video): 27 September 2013

Final Report (including the tool): 31 December 2013


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

Main research areas

  • Visualisation of data and indicators in the ESPON 2013 database via maps, graphs, time series, animations and 3D visualisation using the relevant geometries and layers; data and indicators are from the following data categories: regional data (via the web interface), urban data, neighbourhood data and world data.
  • Data analysis and interpretation by simple, most commonly used methods such as the possibility to show changes over time and to compare two or even more indicator sets using, scatter diagrams, overlays and indicating the correlation coefficient.
  • Development of different ways to produce output.
  • Development of a user-friendly, clear and structured user interface; easy to use for non-expert users and at the same time providing more complicated features to the more advanced users.
  • Developing a direct link to the ESPON 2013 Database and use the data and indicators available there.

Main results envisaged

  • Review of the most relevant existing web mapping tools indicating those elements that are useful or are to be avoided within the ESPON Online Mapping tool to be built.
  • Presentation of a proposal on the various elements to be considered in the ESPON Online Mapping tool.
  • Delivery of the Online Mapping Tool as a web application integrated in the ESPON website.
  • Provision of user guidelines for the tool.
  • Provision of the source code of the final version of the Online Mapping tool



Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 2.03MB

Final Report - Test Plan

  • Acrobat Document | 340KB

Final Report -User's Manual

  • Acrobat Document | 1.26MB

Final Report - Help

  • Acrobat Document | 1.17MB

Draft Final Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1.17MB

User Guide

  • Acrobat Document | 1.99MB

Test Plan

  • Acrobat Document | 327KB

Evaluation form

  • MS-Word Document | 60KB

Interim Report

  • Acrobat Document | 3.13MB

Inception Report

  • Acrobat Document | 230KB

Inception Report - Annexes

  • Acrobat Document | 1.08MB

Project Specifications

  • Acrobat Document | 100KB