The Spatial Hub project has won an award at the 20th annual Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning. It was entered with the title “A national spatial hub for digital planning data” in under the ‘Process’ category alongside a host of local government planning projects.
Unlike the other nominations that came purely from the planning sector, the Spatial Hub is run by a team of geographers at the Improvement Service who specialise in making local government data more accessible and usable by the entire digital and data community. It is encouraging that a specialist profession such as planning recognises the value of their work .
One of the Spatial Information Service’s goals is to promote the power of good data management and digital transformation across all functions of local government. Planning is a large part of local government’s remit and, until recently, there have been few standards around digitisation and data capture and intelligent sharing of this valuable information. The Spatial Hub is attempting to directly address these issues, at the same time as influencing the Scottish Government Digital Planning initiatives.
The overall winner of the SAQP awards was the Carron Dam Local Nature Reserve project run by Falkirk Council. Interestingly, this designated site is captured digitally in one of the Spatial Hub’s national datasets – Local Nature Reserves. We look forward to capturing more and better information about such sites in these datasets in the future. This will help the data community monitor and manage them better and, ultimately, improve our citizen’s places and lives.