Geospatial Data: Now in One Place!
FREMONT, CA: The launch of a new Data Exploration License implies that the geospatial data from key agencies can be accessed in one place. The license was developed by the Geospatial Commission, a body that lies at the core of the government, as part of a £5 million budget to unleash the value of location-based data. With the license, anyone can access the data for development, research, and innovation whereas earlier there was a requirement of separate permits for the British Geological Survey, Ordnance Survey, HM Land Registry, and the UK Hydrographic Office.
The data can be accessed free of cost, and the users will be allowed to share some of their results with others. It is estimated that the use of location-inked data productively can unlock up to £11 billion for the economy of the UK each year. The commission is also working on a national geospatial strategy that it will release by the end of the year.
The other initiatives run by the joint program among the partner bodies cover:
Data Discoverability: The partner bodies have published catalogs outlining the various datasets they possess.
Linked identifiers: The partner bodies worked to increase the integration potential of various datasets across partner bodies and beyond.
Enhancement of the Core Data Asset: Through this project, the partners shared information on using third-party data to improve the quality of geospatial datasets that are publicly held.
The commission partnered with the Innovative UK to launch a competition to explore the challenges and benefits of crowdsourcing data. Grants between £50,000 and £750,000 were offered to some of the organizations who had applied for a share of £1.5 million pot of government funding. The funding was for projects that would use data linked to a location for the enhancement of public services.
Saving Lives through Digital Mapping
According to an estimate, strikes on electricity, gas, water pipes, and cables cost the economy £1.2 billion annually. The Underground Asset Register aims to mitigate disruption and fatal accidents by uniting the existing data on cables and underground pipes through a comprehensive map.