Thematic user groups

The Atlas of the Living Environment currently focuses on 12 main themes. The aim of the Atlas team is to present all information relating to the themes in the most up-to-date form possible. For that reason the Atlas works with theme groups. Theme groups consist of experts from the field who are knowledgeable about a certain theme. Often, these experts are also (future) source owners of map material in the Atlas. By maintaining close contact with the theme group we are able to ensure that our maps and background information are up-to-date and accurate. In 2018 we are going to be focusing fully on the themes and will be organising a variety of meetings. We will also examine our related themes such as the Netherlands Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, Inspire and zoning and we will also assess how we can link up more effectively with the new Information Houses of the Digital Systems Environment and Planning Act (DSO).

Do you think that you can contribute to a theme group or do you have map material which is suitable for our themes? Please click the theme image for more information.



The Atlas Portal is changing all the time. The Atlas Portal is the ICT environment which various websites with our maps library run on, namely the Atlas of the Living Environment, the Atlas of Natural Capital, the National Energy Atlas and the various cooperation spaces. The Atlas Portal is not only what a user sees when he or she visits the website, but is also the underlying functionalities, such as an environment where a source owner (owner of a map) can add his/her map to our library of maps. The Atlas also changes along with new developments in the GeoICT world and this requires regular functional modifications of the ICT environment. We would be only too pleased to keep you up-to-date on these developments.

New map viewer

The new map viewer went live at the Atlas anniversary conference on 18 May 2017. What changes have been made? First and foremost the viewer has been modernised in terms of its look and feel and, in addition, the map selection has been made more intuitive for users. If you are using a tablet to view the library of maps, you will see that the new viewer can do everything you might expect of a map on a tablet. If you have any questions or suggestions which you would like to share with our team, please contact us using our contact form.

Download map images

It is possible to download the map image you are working in. As a consequence, you will be able, for example, to include map images in a (policy) report. One press of a button will provide you with an overview of which maps have been selected and the corresponding legends and information.

Cooperation space

Within the Atlas of the Living Environment it is possible to use a cooperation space, also known as a 'Social Office' or 'Community of Practice'. It is a space in which a group of people can collaborate on a certain theme or area. A cooperation space can be made available to everyone or can be private and offers possibilities for exchanging documents and viewing and combining maps. It is a space in which people can find, share, record and collect information.

A cooperation space enables groups to cooperate and share information in a simple and transparent way in an (enclosed) environment. Various cooperation spaces already exist within the Atlas of the Living Environment. One is, for example, involved in Spatial area for health and another is used for cooperation between the Atlas and educational institutions. When you log in to the Atlas you enter the My Atlas environment where you can participate in the cooperation spaces.

My Atlas

The Atlas of the Living Environment offers a personal environment where you can create an account by clicking the registration button. Once an account has been created you will have your own Atlas environment where you can read about everything that is taking place within the framework of the Atlas project, find all the available cooperation spaces and register for them as you wish.

Anniversary conference 18 May 2017

An impression of the atmosphere at our anniversary conference on 18 May 2017.

Waterinfodag 30 maart 2017

The Atlas of the Living Environment was present at the Water Info Day on 30 March 2017. View the film to see how the Atlas contributed to this day.

Atlas Working Conference

At the working conference of the Atlas of the Living Environment on 31 March 2016 youth reporters made a video report of the day. Alice Korsch, panel member of Young Professionals Brabant, attended this working conference on behalf of BrabantAdvies. She asked the participants in the working conference two questions which she believed were crucial, namely what does the Atlas of the Living Environment actually mean and what can we as young people do with it?

Atlas inspiration day

During the inspiration day for the Atlas of the Living Environment, GeoMedia&Design students (from the HAS University of Applied Sciences) presented their vision of the future for the Atlas. They highlighted fresh ideas about holograms and apps. Please watch the film to see their pitches! The inspiration day took place on 11 November 2015.

Hacking for Sustainability 

The Atlas of the Living Environment tries to link up as much as possible with the needs of users. One example of this from 2016 is the Hacking for Sustainability competition.

#hackingforsustainability is an app competition with data from the Atlas of Natural Capital and the Atlas of the Living Environment. An entire community were set up for this app. The project is being carried out by Open State Foundation based on commission by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The provincial government of Zuid-Holland is a partner in the project and is providing project data.