New location data scheme aims to boost public services

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The Government is ramping up its commitment to use mapping data to improve public services with the launch of a new round of funding designed to explore the benefits and challenges of crowdsourcing data.

The Geospatial Commission has partnered with Innovate UK to launch the scheme, with organisations being able to apply for a share of £1.5 million to fund projects which use data linked to a location; grants of between £50,000 and £750,000 are being made available.

The aim of the competition is to encourage different organisations to work together to identify innovative new ways for crowdsourced data, to either improve the delivery of public services, support the third sector, or enhance the quality of open public datasets.

It is open to UK-based organisations from a business of any size, academic institute, charity, public sector organisation or local authority, public sector research establishment, research council institute or a research and technology organisation.

Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden said: "This competition will further cement the UK’s place as a geospatial world leader, once again showing our commitment to providing more opportunities for growing this important sector.

"The data revolution is changing our day-to-day lives and this government is determined to make the most of the opportunities it presents. That’s why the Geospatial Commission has been established with £80 million of funding. It forms part of our wider commitment to use technology to improve lives and transform the delivery of public services."

Innovate UK interim executive chair Ian Campbell added: "Working in partnership with the Geospatial Commission, this competition seeks to harness the power of crowdsourcing, so that location data and geospatial technology can help transform services in the UK. This will bring together the public sector, SMEs and research organisations, to fully exploit datasets, creating new economic and societal benefits.

"This new competition is a further boost to the UK’s status as a world leader in digital innovation, and an example of how advances in technology can be used to foster economic growth, deliver outstanding public services and generate savings for the public."