UK: Delivering his keynote address at the RSPB’s State of Nature conference, the Deputy Prime Minister of UK, Nick Clegg, announced that Ordnance Survey would compile and release data to allow for a new map of every publicly accessible green space in England and Wales to be developed, and will allow anyone with access to the internet to find the location of their nearest park instantly.
The map will use data from Ordnance Survey and other sources, which will be made available for free to enable development of new software and apps so that people can enjoy every corner of countryside.
In response, John Kimmance, Ordnance Survey Public Sector Director, commented, “We are also pleased that this dataset will be available as Open Data. Today, developers and businesses can access a range of Ordnance Survey products and datasets via OS OpenData and it is great that we will be able to offer this new dataset to the popular suite of freely accessible products.”
The Deputy Prime Minister also announced that the Government is going to more than double the speed of building the Coastal Path, bringing completion of the project forward by ten years from 2030 to 2020. He stated that additional funding will be put in place to accelerate the delivery of the path so that it will be fully complete by 2020.