Geospatial data in the UK

Jozefowicz, Suzanne, Merlin, Stone and Aravopoulou, Eleni (2019) Geospatial data in the UK. The Bottom Line. ISSN 0888-045X

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this article is to explain the rise of geospatial data, its importance for business, and some of the problems associated with its development and use. Design/methodology/approach The article reviews a certain amount of previously published literature, but is based mainly on analysis of the very large number of responses to a consultation paper on geospatial data published by the United Kingdom government. Findings The findings are that while there is strong appreciation of the potential benefits of using geospatial data, there are many barriers to the development, sharing and use of geospatial data, ranging from problems of incompatibility in data definitions and systems to regulatory issues. The implication for governments and for providers and users of geospatial data relate to the need to take a long-term approach to planning in resolving the issues identified. Research limitations/implications The research findings are limited to the United Kingdom, but similar findings would be likely in any other large Western country. Practical implications The article confirms the need for a strong and coherent approach to the planning of geospatial data and systems, for the establishment of a clear basis for the different parties to work together, and the need to clearly separate the roles of the government in establishing frameworks and standards and the role of the private sector in developing applications and solutions. Social implications Society is increasingly dependent on the use of geospatial data, in improving living standards and dealing with social problems. The recommendations identified in this paper, if followed, will facilitate these improvements. Originality/value The value of this article is the tight synthesis that it provides of a wide ranging and complex range of responses to the United Kingdom government consultation and placing these responses in the wider context of the development of geospatial data.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Business
Depositing User: Leah Maughan
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2021 11:03
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2021 11:03
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/13904

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