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New deal to improve map data use in Scotland

UK–A new agreement to help improve the use of mapping information by over 70 public bodies in Scotland has been announced.

Finance Secretary John Swinney was joined in Edinburgh by Iain Wright, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communitites and Local Government to sign the agreement between the Scottish Government and Ordnance Survey.

The new agreement allows Scottish councils, government departments and other public bodies to use Ordnance Survey’s mapping information for a wide variety of purposes, and to exchange map-based information about their work.

The new agreement aims to:

• Make it easier for public bodies to display their information publicly on websites, notice boards and in other ways
• Help to provide the maps for e-Planning – the new Scottish Government system for online planning permission applications
• Allow members to share their data freely with all other members of the Agreement