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Create a geospatial data body

Last updated: 06:24pm 4 October 2019

To make this happen, we will combine the relevant parts of HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey, the Valuation Office Agency, the Hydrographic Office and Geological Survey to create a comprehensive geospatial data body within government, the largest repository of open land data in the world.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.82

Our verdict

The Geospatial Commission is the body responsible for promoting the best use of  geospatial data (meaning ‘location data’) in the UK. It is supported by the Geo6, a group of public partners consisting of the Ordnance Survey, the British Geological Survey, Coal Authority, HM Land Registry, the Valuation Office and the UK Hydrographic Office. Improving open land data to generate accurate digital maps may unlock economic opportunities and help the UK lead the global field on open data. So, the government pledged to combine relevant parts of these land databases to create a comprehensive data body.

In January 2019, as a result of the Data Discoverability project, the Geo6 reformatted and published their databases separately, while adding a system to match data by theme to improve integration.

In April 2019, the Geospatial Commission launched the Unified Data Exploration Licence to simplify access.

Under the authority of the Geospatial Commission, the Geo6 are cooperating to create a comprehensive digital map of the UK. With six separate data catalogues published and a unified licence for exploration, we consider this policy ‘in progress’. It will be updated to ‘done’ once the catalogues are combined into a single database. Follow this policy for updates.

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