R&D: Unlocking the potential of open geospatial data and technology in the UK

We’re exploring how geospatial data infrastructure is evolving and develop prototypes and guidance to ensure that the value of that infrastructure is being fully unlocked

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There is an increasing variety of ways in which geospatial data is being collected and used to create new products and services. Richer geospatial data sources are critical to the growth of new sectors.

However, rapid innovation in the geospatial sector creates risks that UK businesses and public sector are not able to fully realise the advantages of open geospatial data and tools. It is essential that the UK has both a strong open geospatial data infrastructure and the capacity to use it to its full potential.

This project will explore how geospatial data infrastructure is evolving and develop prototypes and guidance to ensure that the value of that infrastructure is being fully unlocked.

This work is part of a three-year innovation programme, running to March 2020 with a funding profile of £2m each year from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

The work will enable the UK to build on its established strengths in data and data analytics, break new ground in creating value from data across industry, and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of data innovation globally.