The Spatial Information Service is part of the Improvement Service. It provides technical support and guidance to improve the management and availability of spatial information owned by Scottish local government. The service is responsible for the development and operational management of the Spatial Hub and the One Scotland Gazetteer.
The service works directly for Scottish local government and collaborates closely with strategic partners to ensure that improved spatial information management increases value to data owners and the wider Scottish community. It keeps the local government community up to date on Scottish, UK and EU legislation and regulation, including INSPIRE, and supports Scottish local government to achieve compliance.
The Spatial Information Service will, in time, centralise the efforts associated with the improvement of spatial information management across local government, resulting in long term efficiency gains and cost savings by using software, systems and methods which are innovative, reliable and of world class excellence. This includes a cloud hosted technical infrastructure built with open source software as well as a portal to allow the upload and download of data.
The Spatial Hub is a resource which provides a single point of access to quality assured Scottish local authority data in a consistent format. It is developed, operated and managed by the Spatial Information Service within the Improvement Service.
Individual local authorities provide datasets to the Spatial Hub where they are conflated into a standardised format and published as a national dataset. The benefits are:
The Spatial Hub was launched with the following 12 datasets:
More datasets will be added so please check the Spatial Hub website at www.spatialhub.scot for news about available datasets and for further details and announcements.
The One Scotland Gazetteer (OSG) is an address dataset that comprises up-to-date data, maintained by each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.
The information stems from local authority functions, including Planning, Building Standards and Street Naming and Numbering which are the foundations for all address intelligence.
The local gazetteers are collated by the Spatial Information Service within the Improvement Service, where robust quality assurance is undertaken to ensure currency and consistency. Consequently, the OSG dataset adheres to nationally agreed conventions and is held in a standardised structure that conforms to the British Standard for addressing.
The OSG dates back to 2003, when the then Scottish Executive provided £7.5m of funding, along with £2.5m from Scottish local authorities, to create a national gazetteer which would support the delivery of modern public services in Scotland.
Crucially, the OSG holds the unique property reference number that provides a common thread that allows the linking of information held in disparate systems.
The OSG is made freely available to members of the One Scotland Mapping Agreement and is used throughout the Scottish public sector, including the emergency services, e-Planning, ScotLIS, the Energy Savings Trust, SEPA, myaccount, assessor and the electoral register.
In Scotland, the OSG forms the foundation for Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase product suite.
In March 2015, the Deputy First Minister announced his commitment to Scotland having an easy-to-use and affordable system for accessing a wide range of information about land and property - a one-stop digital database for land and property information services. He appointed a taskforce to look at options for this database and in October 2015 he accepted the recommendations in their report. Preparatory work for ScotLIS is now underway.
ScotLIS stands for the Scottish Land Information Service. Via an online portal, users will be able to access information about any piece of land or property in Scotland through a single, online enquiry point. This will support smarter conveyancing, and provide better access to important information to support policy, and other decision-making, while improving accountability and transparency and creating wider social and economic benefits through innovative use of data. It will also
improve sharing, analysis and presentation of data on Scotland’s land and property will sit within a framework that supports access to data across the public sector, complementing and interacting with other portals
Data can be linked through the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) and may be accessed via a map-based view that identifies land ownership using Registers of Scotland data. Notices currently provided as part of the local authority Property Enquiry Certificate service will be available as part of the data requirements.
ScotLIS will sit alongside other portals that currently exist, such as Canmore (provided by Historic Environment Scotland) and Scottish Environment Web (provided by a partnership of organisations with an interest in the environment) as another portal that can consume spatial information from the Improvement Service Spatial Hub.
The One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) came into operation in April 2009 as a single agreement through which local and central government in Scotland access Ordnance Survey mapping products. Subsequently, data from suppliers other than Ordnance Survey have been added.
The agreement with Ordnance Survey is a crown to crown agreement, which removed the requirement for the costly procurement exercise associated with the previous agreements. 73 organisations were founding OSMA members and enjoyed open data sharing amongst each other. OSMA significantly increased the take up of spatial data products at no additional cost to organisations.
In its first four years, OSMA was extended to over 100 member organisations and removed the previous barriers to data sharing restrictions between members. This has led to a threefold increase in the use of spatial data within the public sector.
In 2013 a revised OSMA was signed, following on from the success of the original agreement. This is a 10 year agreement to reflect the stability and the dependence on OSMA products by all member organisations. The new agreement was intended to deliver benefits to both sides and make various efficiency savings.
OSMA is funded by member organisations. The various sectors (Scottish Government and agencies, local government and NHS) all contribute an agreed percentage.
Sample usage of Ordnance Survey products under the OSMA:
INSPIRE is an EU directive which aims to establish an infrastructure for spatial information in the European Union. INSPIRE enables the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organisations and better facilitates public access to spatial information across Europe by defining common technical standards for publishing spatial datasets such as addresses, transport networks, land use, protected areas and risk zones. In total, over 34 data themes are defined within
It comprises a framework of rules and standards to help make spatial information more accessible for a wide range of purposes that support sustainable development. The directive came into force in 15 May 2007 and was transposed into Scottish law in December 2009.
INSPIRE promotes improvements in:
INSPIRE is based on a number of common principles: