Open data published by the Geographic Information System of the Greater Region (GIS-GR)

Published on November 22, 2021

Based at the Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning and in close cooperation with the Land Registry and Topography Administration, the Geographic Information System of the Greater Region (GIS-GR) makes an increasing number of its harmonized cross-border geodata available for all kind of…

The newest set of released geodata provides information about cross-border, national and regional cycle paths in the Greater Region.

Why a GIS of the Greater Region?

The creation of the GIS-GR responds to the desire of the political executives of the Greater Region to initiate a common approach to cross-border territorial development and planning. Officially launched in April 2010 as part of an INTERREG IVA Greater Region project, it has been financed exclusively by the partners' own funds since 2013.
As an important working tool of the Greater Region Summit, its role is to produce harmonized cross-border geographical data for the entire Greater Region. It does not replace the national, regional or municipal geographic information systems in place in the different regions, but rather plays a complementary role. By generating a database of comparable and compatible data, it allows a cross-border analysis of the various territorial dynamics in the Greater Region.

What are the objectives of GIS-GR?

The GIS-GR has two distinct objectives:

  • an analytical objective for territorial planning and data harmonization: the work of the GIS-GR makes it possible to orientate development and spatial planning policies and to guide the actors in their decision-making. The wide range of themes it covers reflects the regional diversity of the Greater Region. It is an important tool for the elaboration of a Territorial Development Plan for the Greater Region (SDT-GR/REK-GR). The GIS-GR also supports the projects and initiatives of the Summit working groups, other cooperation structures and INTERREG projects of the Greater Region. At their request, it designs, in close collaboration with them, static or interactive thematic maps and participates in the cartographic illustration of their work.
  • an informative objective for communication and data sharing through the bilingual and interactive geoportal of the Greater Region: GIS-GR makes a large number of modular thematic maps available to a wide audience of citizens, planners, administrations, political decision-makers and experts.

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