29th January 2015
ODUG have released their report on the Why, What and How of a National Information Infrastructure, taking Open Data policy to the next level. The NII is 'The specification and delivery of a data infrastructure of open public data, maintained to agreed standards, which describes the fundamental components of our society and can be openly accessed, used and re-used by anyone'.
ODUG argue that a properly designed NII is essential to keep the UK at the forefront of the international Open Data movement, and a well constructed and well maintained NII will not only be the driver for the improved use of public money, economic growth in the digital product and services sector and citizen engagement; it will also create a new international benchmark for transparency. The report suggests a blueprint for making an NII a reality, and the steps they believe are required to make it happen.
So what does this mean for AGI members? Many of the Core Reference data sets required for the NII are spatial, and many of the important questions to be answered from the NII have a spatial element at their heart. The report gives examples of how a properly devised NII could help answer policy queries around a National Housing Land Availability Assessment, and also some key questions around health provision. The NII, if made a reality, will have a major effect on the GI marketplace, and it is therefore essential that all AGI members read, consider and comment on the report through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter @odugUK (#UKNII).
If you are interested in the policy areas which affect your organisation and the wider geospatial industry then consider getting involved with the new AGI Policy Forum that will be used to review and respond to geospatial policy initiatives such as the National Information Infrastructure. To get involved with the forum or to find out more information, please contact the AGI on email@example.com.
Simon Wheeler - AGI Council
27th January 2015
The AGI team is delighted to welcome a new senior partner to the organisation. Leica Geosystems Ltd is considered to be one of the pioneers of Surveying and Land Measurement Systems and has become a world leader in many fields.
22nd January 2015
London, 5th January 2015 - Waiting to hear the outcome from school admissions for 2015 can mean a time of anxious deliberation for parents and what can be a tough time coordinating applications by councils.
20th January 2015
The seminar given on the 5th December by Professor Mike Worboys was entitled: ‘A Fresh Look at the Object-Field Dichotomy’. In Mike’s own words, this was a ‘fairly abstract’ talk that looked at the mathematical structures lying behind geographical objects and fields, as well as introducing a fresh look at their definitions. Professor Worboys, an Honorary Professor in the School of GeoSciences here at Edinburgh, is a mathematician by trade, and throughout his career has tried to bridge the gap between GIS and the mathematical theory behind it.