The Geospatial Commission is launching a new single Data Exploration Licence in an effort to harmonise and simplify access and use of geospatial data, as part of a £5 million investment designed to unlock the economic opportunities offered by mapping data.
The move means that anyone can now access data held by the Commission’s five partner organisations - the British Geological Survey, Coal Authority, HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and the UK Hydrographic Office - through a single licence.
The Commission claims that users can be confident that they are using the data on consistent, harmonised terms, and that the various datasets can be used, combined and delivered in the same way, subject to the same conditions.
In addition, innovators will have access to the data at no cost and users will be permitted to share some of the results of their work with others.
Geospatial Commission deputy chair Nigel Clifford said: "This is strong and collaborative progress against the Commission’s mission of maximising the value of geospatial data for the UK. This makes geospatial data accessible for researchers in one place for the first time using a simplified licence."
This is one of four initial data improvement projects taken forward by the Geospatial Commission, working with the partner bodies to improve the UK’s geospatial data infrastructure. The joint programme of work aims to develop consistent data standards, while improving the accessibility, interoperability and quality of these datasets.