UK:-The government’s Geospatial Commission has made its first big investment with the commitment of £5m to “unlock the value” of location data held by six government organisations.
The commission was launched late last year with the ultimate goal to drive economic growth, with the government claiming better use of geospatial data that could potentially add £11bn to the UK’s top line each year by allowing public and private sector organisations to develop new products and services.
The Geospatial Commission is backed by a £40m-a-year budget over an initial two-year remit. The geospatial data include tackling crime, better managing supply chains, and helping the police, fire, and ambulance services respond to emergencies more quickly.
Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington said: “Through emerging technologies, our geospatial and GovTech funding will elevate British companies onto a global market and help to deliver new services to improve people’s lives.”
William Priest was appointed earlier this year as chief executive of the Geospatial Commission, and the government is now seeking to appoint a team of five commissioners
“The government is seeking five outstanding leaders… who have in-depth understanding of businesses and public bodies providing or using geospatial data and services,” the job advert said. “As a group, the commissioners will need to reflect the diversity of current and potential geospatial data generators, sellers and end users, in order to make the commission’s output and impact inclusive. The commissioners will work together with the chair to develop an ambitious, sustainable strategy for UK geospatial data, which will drive investment and innovation and boost the whole UK economy.”
It added: “The commission’s first responsibility is to develop and implement the UK’s first Geospatial Strategy, basing it on strong analysis and identification of clear opportunities for the public and private sectors.”
This strategy will lay emphasis on focusing the biggest current opportunities to derive economic value from geospatial data.