Ordnance Survey Chief Data Officer Caroline Bellamy says that a key part of the Ordnance Survey’s strategy is developing a more open geospatial data infrastructure that combines accuracy with accessibility.
“You can’t simply open up data without assuring its integrity and its underpinning authority and accuracy,” Bellamy explains. “So what we have to do is balance the absolute mission to make data available but available at the right quality, the right integrity, and the right depth of information.
“I think there have been examples both in the public and private sector, simply opening up data without underpinning that with the real authority and technical accuracy of that data, that’s not helpful. What we need to do is make sure that all the things are in place to make that go right.”
In 2018, the government announced plans to make key parts of the OS MasterMap openly available to the public and businesses, estimating that the data could boost the economy by £130 million a year.
“One of the things we have to do is make that data available, but also make sure that the asset is maintained as a strategic asset of value to Great Britain,” says Bellamy. “And where we can leverage it commercially for Great Britain and the public purse, we are asked by the government to do that as well.”