Government unveils new strategy to harness geospatial data

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Geospatial Data Strategy to unlock the power of location data across the UK’s Blue Economy

The UK Geospatial Strategy, released this week by the Geospatial Commission, sets out key steps that Government hopes will help to unlock the power of location data across land and sea.

The move is part of a plan to help build economic, social and environmental value for the UK.

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It includes 4 key missions that the Commission will use to increase access to data, build skills and support innovation over the next 5 years.

  • Promote and safeguard the use of location data to provide an evidenced view of the market value of location data, set clear guidelines on data access, privacy, ethics and security, and promote better use of location data.
  • Improve access to better location data to streamline, test and scale the development of new and existing location data ensuring it is findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable and of high quality.
  • Enhance capabilities, skills and awareness to develop more people with the right skills and tools to work with location data – across organisations and sectors – to meet the UK’s future needs and support global development.
  • Enable innovation to maximise commercial opportunities and promote market-wide adoption of high value emerging location technologies.

Commenting on the strategy Tim Lowe, chief executive of the UK Hydrographic Office, said: “The launch of this strategy is an exciting milestone for the UK and will enable a transformation in the way we understand and utilise our geospatial data.

“For many of our marine industries, this geospatial data is an everyday essential. So, by improving access to this data, building skills and supporting innovation, we can help these industries to thrive whilst tackling environmental and social concerns.”

Adding: “As a partner body, we’re proud of the part we’ve played. But I would also like to thank the UK’s marine geospatial community, whose input has helped to build this strategy. Working together, we can unlock the power of location data and enable better use of our seas and oceans.”

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