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The GHSL framework aims to provide new spatial data mining technologies for the automatic processing, analytics and knowledge extraction from large amount of heterogeneous spatial data.

These new tools are used by GHSL to produce new global information that is contributing to new global findings.

The new data mining technologies are openly documented and are freely available for the user and the scientific communities.

This policy aims to improve the reproducibility of the GHSL results, and their scientific and public test by independent parties. The free availability of the analytical tools aims to facilitate the exploitation of the research and development efforts made by the EC JRC, to decrease the information production cost, to facilitate the information sharing, and to democratize the information production also in case of large and complex spatial data analytics scenarios.