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Unlocking the power of location: The UK’s geospatial strategy

The UK government publishes strategy for unlocking the power of location data, also known as geospatial data.

The UK government publishes strategy for unlocking the power of location data, also known as geospatial data.

With location data already widely used across sectors as diverse as infrastructure, housing, retail and health, the government wants to create a nationwide strategy to harness its potential to help boost the country’s economic growth.

This includes helping the country achieve net zero green house emissions by 2050 by transitioning towards cleaner and more sustainable energy and building a million new homes.

 The strategy document Unlocking the Power of Location: The UK’s Geospatial Strategy 2020-2025 sets out four ‘missions’ managed by the Geospatial Commission:

  • Mission 1: Promote and safeguard the use of location data
  • Mission 2: Improve access to better location data
  • Mission 3: Enhance capabilities, skills and awareness
  • Mission 4: Enable innovation

Launching the strategy Cabinet Office Minister, Lord True also announced the next phase of the National Underground Asset Programme, building on recent pilots in the North East and London to bring together industry utility data. This would allow more effective planning of infrastructure.

He also committed to the publication of new guidelines for the ethical use of location data and technology.

Highlighting the impact that location data was having on our lives, Sir Andrew Dilnot, the Chair of the Geospatial Commission said:

“Better location data will help us to make more informed decisions on everything from where to build new schools and hospitals, to how to manage precious resources such as land and energy, creating economic, social and environmental value.”

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Ivan Radic (CC by 2.0)

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