The UK property industry has received a major shot in the arm with the free release of over 23 million title extents - land boundaries - in a move which it is claimed will open up the data to much wider use across the public and private sectors.
The UK has released its new geospatial data strategy aimed at unlocking the power of location data by increasing data access, developing skills and supporting innovation across the country’s geospatial community.
Oxfordshire County Council is embracing a data-driven geospatial approach to tackle its future transport needs - from where to expand roads and build new cycle lanes to easing commuter congestion and pedestrian zones - by signing a partnership with big data company GeoSpock.
Further evidence has emerged of how geospatial data is being used to help tackle environmental issues after the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed it is set to launch a nationwide project using satellite data to map disease outbreaks among ash and oak trees.
Self-driving cars have gone from the realms of science fiction to reality, with brands from Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and BMW to Apple, Uber and Addison Lee racing to develop the technology, but a lack of data standards is threatening to scupper the market.
A Scottish local authority is rolling out an online scheme which uses open source geospatial data to help residents access essential services, including food banks, digital access and advice, as part of its battle to combat poverty in the region.
The Geospatial Commission is testing the feasibility of creating a digital map of underground pipes and cables as part of plans to develop a nationwide scheme which would enable utilities to more efficiently access, use and share data on what is currently the hidden infrastructure.
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.