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This facility provides free access to GIS data on European lighthouses. View the lighthouse data on an interactive map of Europe and search lighthouse sites and locations. Alternatively, download Esri compatible GIS files (Geodatabase or Shapefile). Datasets are also available via OGC compliant web feature service (WFS) or web map services (WMS). The metadata featured here can be downloaded as XML.

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Metadata format: ISO 19139

EMODnet Human Activities: Lighhouses

Resource Identification Information

              This dataset provides the location of lighthouses inventoried by the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLS). It includes both existing lighthouses and historical ones that have been removed, relocated or destroyed (column Status). The dataset includes the name of the lighthouse, its code in the ARLSH database and the gridsquare within which it is located. Coordinates are approximate for most of the lighthouses.
TitleEMODnet Human Activities: Lighhouses

Revision date2015-08-13
Creation date2015-08-13

Themes or categories of the resourceutilitiesCommunication

Descriptive keywords 
TitleGEMET - INSPIRE themes, version 1.0
Publication date2008-06-01

Descriptive keywords 
Keywordsbuilt environment
TitleGEMET - Concepts, version 2.4
Publication date2010-01-13

Descriptive keywords 
KeywordsANTHROPOSPHERE (built environment, human settlements, land setup), RECREATION, TOURISM, TRAFFIC, TRANSPORTATION
TitleGEMET - Groups, version 2.4
Publication date2010-01-13

Descriptive keywords 
Keywordsbuilding, tourism, transport
TitleGEMET - Themes, version 2.4
Publication date2010-01-13

Descriptive keywords 
KeywordsMan-made object, Traffic Flow Direction, Waterway
TitleINSPIRE - Feature Concept Dictionary, version 3
Publication date2010-01-19

Dataset languageEnglish

Resource constraints
Limitations of use
                      Re-use of content for commercial or non-commercial purposes is permitted free of charge, provided that the sources (both EMODnet - Human Activities, and primary sources) are acknowledged. EMODnet - Human Activities accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the re-use of content accessible on its website.
Spatial resolution
Dataset's scale
Scale denominator100000

Point of contact - author
Organization's nameAND-International
Contact information

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Data Quality Information

Scope of quality information
Resource leveldataset

Lineage statement
                    The geodatabase for lighthouses in the EU relies on the data collected and harmonised by the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society  (ARLHS). The ARLHS has inventoried over 4000 lighthouses in the EU (including historical lighthouses that have been removed, relocated or destroyed) but has not verified all coordinates. In addition to the ARLHS work, about 140 points which location could be questioned (away from coasts inland or at sea, or close to other countries’ coasts) have been cross-checked with other sources. Out of these, 63 have been corrected while other locations have been confirmed. Other sources used are:,,, and
Data quality report - Domain consistency
Conformance test results
Test passed
Nil reasontemplate
Result explanationSee the referenced specification

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Distribution Information


Transfer options
Online resource
Online location

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Metadata Information

Last update2015-08-13

Metadata contact - pointOfContact
Organization's nameAND-International
Contact information

Scope of the data described by the metadatadataset

Metadata languageEnglish
Metadata character setMD_CharacterSetCode_utf8

Name of the metadata standard usedISO19115
Version of the metadata standard2003/Cor.1:2006

Metadata identifierEmodnet_Human_Activities_Lighthouses_WGS84

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