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Denmark to release public sector geodata

Denmark: An agreement between the local governments in Denmark and the federal government is set to improve and link public registers of basic data, including addresses, cadastral information and maps, and to make them available to the private sector.

Once the public authorities have tidied up, merged the data and ended parallel registration, annual savings in administration could amount to DKK 260 million (EUR 34.8 million) in 2020. “This project provides us with a more modern public sector and enables us to work more intelligently so that our money in municipalities or at the treasury can be spent as wisely as possible,” said Bjarne Corydon, Danish Minister for Finance.

Basic data is that which is used again and again, across the entire public sector, to collect land tax, pay social benefits, or prevent flooding. It includes:

-The Cadastral Register and the Cadastral Map, which contains information relating to approx.2.5 million land parcels
-Map data from the FOT Register (common public sector geographic data) DAGI (Danish administrative and geographical boundaries data)
-The Danish Digital Elevation Model
-The Place Name and Information Register, containing approx. 200,000 place names, including those that appear in the topographical maps and in the Digital Map Supply

Businesses, too, can look forward to large savings when they no longer have to buy their basic data from the public authorities. This gives new opportunities for innovation and growth, for example in the real estate, insurance and telecommunications sectors. Smaller companies will also be able to test new ideas without first having to invest huge sums in the data required to create their product.

Ole Sohn, Danish Minister for Business and Growth, said, “When the data has been released it can be used to develop completely new types of digital products, solutions, and services, which will benefit our companies as well as society at large. It is a vital part of Denmark”s digital raw material that we are now releasing, which will create growth and jobs in Denmark.”

The project also means that the public no longer have to type in their address every time they are to use a public self-service solution, and in turn public-sector employees can work more efficiently.

Source: Ministry of Finance