UK: Ordnance Survey announced that NHS Shetland joined One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) as the 100th member. The OSMA was launched in 2009. It is a fine example of cooperation between Scottish Government and Ordnance Survey, offering a wide range of mapping data to its members.
The OSMA offers a common framework for joining up government policy and services for the citizen, reduces duplications and gives public-sector organisations the ability to make informed decisions, resulting in time and cost savings and efficiency improvements. Having all members under the same terms means there are no limits to sharing data between organisations, which includes sharing data with contractors and other parties who are working on a particular project.
Ordnance Survey allowed all OSMA and Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) members to access its online services from July 1, 2011, onwards. “Effectively we now have all the major users of geographic intelligence within the agreement and this will allow us to strengthen our relationships across Scotland and facilitate the widespread use of our data.” said Dominic Cuthbert, Ordnance Survey’s OSMA Agreement Manager.
“The One Scotland Mapping Agreement will allow us to use geographic information to visualise data using maps, which will reveal relationships, patterns and trends to help us monitor and evaluate the health of the people of Shetland in a more precise way,” said Dr Sarah Taylor, Director of Public Health, NHS Shetland.
Source: Ordnance Survey