About the database
The ESPON database began its development in the
2006-2013 programming period, storing different types of
data and data-related functionalities from various sources
relevant for territorial analysis and monitoring.
It has been upgraded during 2017-2020 in order to make it
more efficient, more user-friendly, and more connected to
the ESPON toolbox as well as outside world via web
services. It is able to store and distribute efficiently several
types of data, from local to global, from tabular to GIS,
from administrative to gridded data. In addition, the
database activity keeps ESPON core datasets up-to-date and
provides support on data-related issues.
Scientific support to policy development
The ESPON 2020 Database Portal provides
timely, accurate statistical information which
enables policy-makers, practitioners, researchers
and other stakeholders to address a wide range of
issues in today’s rapidly-evolving global economic
and social landscape. The ESPON 2020 Database
Portal gathers and harmonises international
statistical data in a multidisciplinary environment
which is a key to international comparative
analysis and policy work.