Iceland Energy Portal

ovs_skjamynd1(Closed November 2019)

The Iceland Energy Portal (IEP) replaced the Energy Resources Data Viewer (ERDV), which published spatial data for Iceland in fields that fell within the operational scope of Orkustofnun. The IEP project involved data from Orkustofnun that had previously been published in the ERDV and the transfer of the data into a new and improved software environment for publication on the Internet. In addition, Orkustofnun proposed to develop further spatial datasets covering additional fields than before and to publish information on the datasets in the IEP.

One of the reasons for these changes was the need to upgrade the ERDV software. Furthermore, two of the partners that had originally participated in the project on the ERDV, Orkustofnun's Hydrological Services (now part of the Icelandic Meteorological Office) and the Environment Agency of Iceland, stopped updating their data, preferring to publish it in the Iceland Nature Portal (INP) which was closed in 2011.


The IEP used a software solution (Flashmap) originally developed by the digital design company Gagarín for the INP. The project was initially funded by Rannís, the Icelandic Centre for Research, and then by the Icelandic Project on the Information Society and Orkustofnun. The software solution was cooperatively developed by companies and institutions over a period of several years. In the wake of the INP project, Orkustofnun had the software developed further, and it was subsequently used in the Iceland Continental Shelf Portal (ICSP). This solution then became the foundation of the IEP. Design focused on creating a user-friendly environment that simplified both entering and sharing standardized information about data from diverse sources. The portal incorporated several tools, e.g. zoom, repositioning windows, print, scale bar and latitude/longitude values of the pointer. It was also possible to reposition data layers on the list of Active Layers in order to focus on different features of interest. The Portal made it possible to share various types of information on the datasets, such as metadata, general and detailed information, in which it was possible to provide links to data tables and other materials on Orkustofnun's website, as well as links to other websites. Information could be published in two languages and the data was displayed in the ÍSN93 coordinate system.


The IEP chiefly published both vector datasets and raster graphics available through web services along with general information, metadata and details on the datasets. The main data categories in the IEP covered electricity, water supply, licensing, OS maps, boreholes and geothermal sources. The only data from other parties was the SPOT satellite mosaic of Iceland. Orkustofnun had permission from the National Land Survey of Iceland to use the SPOT mosaic. In addition, two elevation maps were generated for Orkustofnun by Iceland GeoSurvey for publishing in the IEP.

Screenshots of Icelandic Energy Portal