The Spatial Information Service has signed a partnership agreement with EDINA (an Edinburgh University centre of data and digital excellence) to enable it to share Spatial Hub data with the entire academic sector.
Until now most of the 36 national Spatial Hub datasets had only been accessible to members of the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (primarily the public sector). However, the goal has always been to make the local government data we collate available to the entire data community. The Spatial Hub has had many requests by academics and researchers over the past three years for many of the national datasets. This arrangement will facilitate those requests.
Over the coming weeks and months, EDINA will begin offering the Spatial Hub datasets to the academic community via its DigiMap service. This service already provides much of Ordnance Survey’s digital data directly to academia for education and research purposes.
The Improvement Service look forward to working with EDINA and ensuring that the local government data we provide is made as useful and as accurate as possible for academic purposes.