The UK Government has published a report stating how it will make use of location data, otherwise known as geospatial data, in the near future.
‘Unlocking the Power of Location: the UK’s geospatial strategy’ was launched by Cabinet Office Minister Lord True.
Location data is used across multiple sectors, including housing, retail and infrastructure.
The strategy describes the first steps that the Geospatial Commission and its partners will carry out as their work begins.
This will include work on the National Underground Asset Programme (NUAR), defining the ethical use of location data, and the piloting of an International Geospatial Service in 2021.
The National Geospatial Strategy will be launched by Lord True at online summit Digital Leaders on 16 June, 2020.
Lord True commented: “Rapid technological advances over the last 15 years have put sat navs in cars, maps on our phones, wearable sensors around our wrists and smart devices in our homes – all of which are integral to millions of lives.
“The application of location data is critical for navigating our new digital world, and for making the UK a better place for everyone.
“As well as making everyday lives easier, location data has the potential to unite and level up the country – by connecting people, organisations and services.
“This government will unleash Britain’s potential to lead the world in the data revolution, and keep us at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation.”