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OS launches professional accreditation programme

UK: Ordnance Survey (OS) launched a new professional accreditation programme which aims to create a specialist network of geographic information (GI) experts who will work with the national mapping agency in supporting, and providing technical advice to government, commercial and international customers.

According to the OS’ press statement, the global use of GI and recognition of the important role that accurate mapping data can play in supporting economies, governments, commercial organisations and individuals, is at an all time high. The OS data is being used extensively across the private and public sector to drive efficiencies and underpin decision making. In addition, GI is being used by new audiences, and the challenge for OS and the industry is how best to foster new collaboration between ‘non-traditional’ partners to drive the geospatial innovation agenda forward.

James Brayshaw, Director of Sales and Market Development said, “These experts will work with the OS, providing specialist advice and skills to all our markets. This could range from strategic government customers who access OS data via the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) and One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA), to new commercial companies looking to create innovative products and solve problems using mapping data.

“We have seen an explosion in the use of GI across the globe and we want to ensure that all our customers are using their mapping data to its full potential. By collaborating with the best industry experts, and sharing our strengths and skills, we aim to provide consultancy services that will deliver advice and solutions that our customers will value,” Brayshaw added.

The new professional accreditation programme will see OS working more collaboratively with experts from around the world, providing support, technical expertise and consultancy to a diverse range of customers in both traditional and non traditional markets. Under the new programme, OS will develop two communities for the Accredited Consultants and Accredited Technical Specialists.

The Accredited Consultants will be independent experts with a track record of providing external consultancy on strategic planning, design and implementation.

The Accredited Technical Specialists will be individuals with a track record of providing technical consultancy, including advice on Ordnance Survey data and services, to end-use customers within live operations environments – both government and commercial customers.

Community members will benefit from using the globally recognised OS name and logo, have the opportunity to add business contact details to the OS website, have access to the established OS Insight programme, and access to exclusive community events, forums and online resources.

Source: Ordnance Survey