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Next steps for the use of Geospatial Data

Morning, Thursday, 11th February 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine priorities, opportunities and issues for the implementation of the UK’s geospatial strategy.

Areas for discussion include:

  • development of geospatial data in the UK and key applications
  • the skills and research landscape
  • priorities for policy

It takes place with…:

  • Unlocking the power of location: The UK’s geospatial strategy - which sets out plans to develop a coherent national location data framework by 2025, focused on four main areas:
    • promoting and safeguarding the use of location data
    • improving access to better location data
    • enhancing capabilities, skills and awareness
    • enabling innovation
  • Government launches £2m transport location data competition:
    • supporting the development of transport location data to enable future transport mobility
    • looking at areas such as modal integration, transport network efficiency, and supporting active travel and supply chains
  • National Underground Asset Register Project Update - latest development and findings from the NUAR pilot projects on a digital map of all underground pipes and cables
    • backed by the Geo6: The British Geological Survey, the Coal Authority, HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey, the UK Hydrographic Office and the Valuation Office Agency
  • New support to grow the Scottish geospatial sector - moves towards establishing the new Scottish Geospatial Network Integrator to enhance the use of location-based data across Scotland
  • The Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA), which:
    • replaced the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) for England and Wales and the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) earlier this year
    • sets out how the Ordnance Survey provides location expertise to developers and the public sector across Britain
  • How geospatial data is supporting the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic - the blog from the Geospatial Commission earlier this year
  • Tech UK’s new Geospatial Data Campaign - which will explore the opportunities and potential benefits from greater use of geospatial data across different industries and sectors
  • Improved access to MasterMap data and core location identifiers - announced by the Goespatial Commission alongside the release under an Open Government Licence of core location identifiers
  • How the UK government is transforming the way it shares geospatial data - updates from the Geo6 on project Data Discoverability, aimed at supporting the unlocking the potential of geospatial data

Key areas for discussion:

  • The UK’s Geospatial Strategy
    • delivery - how to address key challenges for developing and implementing a coherent national location data framework, and meeting its core objectives of:
      • promoting and safeguarding the use of location data
      • improving access to better location data
      • enhancing capabilities, skills and awareness
      • enabling innovation
    • ethics - what should be included in guidelines for the responsible use of location data and technology, options for enforcement, and progress on developing a strategy in this area
    • policy priorities - assessing recommendations for measures to support growth, competition and innovation that are due for publication by the end of 2020
    • impact - looking at guidance being developed for measuring the economic, social and environmental value of location data
    • regulation - development of a set of harmonised data licences for the use of public sector location data, which is due by 2021
    • lessons from NUAR pilot projects - building trust, engaging early and defining clear use cases, and implications for the next phase of the programme and national rollout 
  • skills - with the strategy committing to produce a skills demand study to pinpoint specific sectors and roles that need geospatial skills now and in the future, including:
    • geospatial apprenticeships - assessing progress and next steps for their development in the public and private sectors
    • collaboration - the way forward for fostering effective joint working between the public sector, academia, and industry, drawing together geospatial, data science, digital and sector expertise
  • research - assessing the landscape in relation to geospatial development including:
    • international relationships - the possible impact of the end to the EU exit transition period on collaboration, and priorities for the UK in the global geospatial environment
    • funding - whether more is needed from public and private sector sources to support continued research efforts, and where the priority areas for investment are 
  • data - what more needs to be done to open up data for development:
    • key programmes - how to maximise the impact of:
      • the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) which provides location expertise to developers and the public sector across Britain
      • improved access to the Ordnance Survey MasterMap
      • the work of the Geo6 and the Data Discoverability programme
    • tackling barriers - what is needed to ensure that location data is available, accessible, interoperable, reusable and of high quality
  • next steps for development - supporting the development of location-based data services across the UK:
    • key programmes - priorities for the Geospatial Commission work with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government to develop a new Scottish Geospatial Network Integrator
    • use cases - examining how to maximise the potential for location data in areas such as:
      • supporting the future of mobility and next generation transport networks
      • delivering environmental outcomes and the delivery of a national land use framework
      • enabling future technologies as identified in the Geospatial Commission’s Future Technologies Review, including in:
        • cameras, imaging and sensing, immersive technologies and simulation
        • unmanned vehicle systems and drones, and survey, measurement and scanning
        • artificial intelligence, smart sensors and internet of things 
  • commercialisation - what more might be required from policymakers, researchers, and businesses to support work into developing geospatial data and incentivise private sector investment

The agenda:

  • Developing the UK’s geospatial sector and realising opportunities
  • Developing a coherent national location data framework
  • Case study - lessons learnt from the National Underground Asset Register pilot projects
  • Taking forward the UK Geospatial Strategy - improving access to better location data, and priorities for harnessing and safeguarding the data going forward
  • Supporting the development of the skills, geospatial apprenticeships and capabilities to enable future growth
  • Research and development in the use of geospatial data, future applications, and tackling key barriers to development and uptake

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

For this conference, as is typical of our meetings, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with other stakeholders concerned with the use of geospatial and location data in the UK, including innovation and technology platforms, data analytics companies, IT service providers and consultancies, engineering and infrastructure groups, planners and local authorities, software developers, universities and research bodies, ethics and privacy groups, lawyers and consultants with an interest in these topics, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, regulators, academics and reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Thalia Baldwin

Director, Geospatial Commission

David Henderson

Chief Geospatial Officer, Ordnance Survey


Laura Foster

Programme Manager, Technology and Innovation, TechUK

Carol Sunderland

Innovation Lead for Space, InnovateUK

Claire Milverton

Chief Executive Officer, 1Spatial

Stuart Marsh

Professor of Geospatial Engineering, University of Nottingham