Increasing the value of local government data

 

The Spatial Information Service (SIS) delivers a range of projects and initiatives that seek to make better use, and increase the value, of local authorities’ rich location and address-based data. It also provides guidance, support and representation for local authorities on many national data and technology initiatives.

 

Some of the recent areas that it has been working on are:

 

  • Working with public sector organisations to improve and drive down the cost of efficient access to crucial location data and mapping resources (especially Ordnance Survey data)
  • Providing a joined-up, local government response to the UK Government Geospatial Commission’s recent ‘Call for Evidence’ on how the use of location-based data and mapping technology can be improved to stimulate the economy and make the UK a better place to live
  • Setting up of data working groups to help improve the quality and use of local authority data
  •  Supporting easier data sharing of through Scottish Government’s Data Standards Group
  •  Engagement with the Scottish Local Government Digital Office’s ‘Common Platforms’ and ‘Better Use of Data’ initiatives, which are fundamentals of SIS work.

 

The SIS’s projects and initiatives are designed to ensure that local authorities can make the most of their key data assets, both for themselves and the wider community. This dovetails with other Improvement Service and national initiatives including MyAccount, Community Empowerment, the formation of the new Public Health Scotland body and Digital Planning.

 

For further details on any of these projects or initiatives, please contact spatialhub@improvementservice.org.uk