Government sets performance benchmarks for mapping agency

Government sets performance benchmarks for mapping agency

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Challenging new targets have been set for Ordnance Survey by the government Minister responsible for Britain’s national mapping agency, Tony McNulty MP. The Minister revealed details of six performance monitors for the current financial year in an answer to a Parliamentary question.

For the first time they include targets for issuing full up-to-date revisions of more than 600 titles in the Explorer and OS Landranger map series. On average each Explorer map must be revised every two-and-a-half years and every OS Landranger sheet every three years.

In summary, the new targets are:

  • To generate revenue of £98 million excluding income from the National Interest Mapping Services Agreement.
  • To achieve an efficiency gain of 4.5% in 2002-03 against a baseline of 1999-2000, as part of a longer-term target of 6% for the period April 2000 to March 2004.
  • To complete national coverage of the 1:25 000 scale Explorer Map series by 31 March 2003 and to ensure that, on average, each of the 403 sheets is revised every two-and-a-half years and never longer than every six-and-a-half years.
  • To ensure that, on average, each of the 204 sheets in the 1:50 000 scale OS Landranger series is revised every three years and never longer than every six years.
  • To increase the number of users of Ordnance Survey web sites by 35%.
  • To ensure that 99.5% of significant real-world features are included in Ordnance Survey’s database within six months of completion.
  • To reduce the carbon emissions from the Ordnance Survey head office building in Southampton by at least 1% year on year.