The three agencies responsible for mapping the islands of Great Britain and Ireland formalised their already strong links in a key document.
Chief executives of the Ordnance Surveys of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland met in Belfast to sign a joint memorandum of understanding which recognises their ongoing co-operation.
While maintaining their independence, the three organisations have identified specific areas in which formal collaborative frameworks would be beneficial. These include technical innovation, copyright licensing, and geographic information policy.
The move follows a number of recent collaborative projects on matters such as geographical co-ordinate frameworks and data models. It also reflects the increasingly global nature of the market in mapping, geographic information and location based services.
It is expected that more formal arrangements between Great Britain and Ireland will help underpin the work of Eurogeographics, the body representing the heads of all national mapping authorities of Europe.