Open data are always a pleasant surprise for anyone that is familiar with the time and money consuming process of acquiring and creating your own geographic datasets. In many study cases open data can be just as useful as their expensive counterparts.

Eurogeographics’  opendata EuroGlobalMap (EGM) is a 1:1000000 scale topographic dataset that contains administrative boundaries, water and transport networks, settlements, elevation as well as names locations and can be used as background for a wide range of applications including planning, monitoring, network analysis and environmental modelling.

The new version EGM V7.0 covers 46 countries and territories in the European region and features updated administrative and road network information as well as enhancements to the hydrology theme. The dataset is available for free download at Eurogeographics website as part of their initiative to provide access to and encourage use of authoritative data.