AGI Foresight Study
A Vision of the Geospatial industry in 2015
Part 2: Looking at Policy in 2015
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China has a $3 trillion reserve to invest in
assets and development around the world
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We are currently preparing students for jobs
that don‟t exist, using technologies that haven‟t
been invented in order to solve problems that
we don‟t even know are problems yet.
Public Sector Information
data.gov.uk exposes over 3,000 government datasets and
the adoption of the „linked data‟ approach will enable
significant innovation in its re-use.
Free Ordnance Survey data a reality on the 1st April 2010.
Where are the proven economic & social benefits?
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A new institutional landscape.
A new type of public sector – a streamlined, transparent
central government with new relationships with the private
and third sectors:
- citizen empowerment (mysociety.org).
- impact on existing business models in private sector.
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A TechMarketView report said improvements to the
teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths
need to be made in order to create the next generation
of software developers. Furthermore, better tax
incentives for investment, corporate venturing, R&D
support and so on could all help young software
companies to flourish in the UK.
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Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland Tyndrum, Scotland
a unique opportunity
To successfully implement these strategies with
minimal public sector intervention – collaboration is
key to success
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UK Location Strategy – 5 strategic actions
1. we know what data we have, and avoid duplicating it;
2. we use common reference data so we know we are talking about the
3. we can share location-related information easily through a common
infrastructure of standards, technology and business relationships;
4. we have the appropriate skills, both among geographic professionals and
among other professional groups who use location information or support
5. we have strong leadership and governance to drive through change
including the implementation of this Strategy and the implementation of
INSPIRE. (We call this the Location Council).
Well over 50% of respondents to the AGI Foresight Study Questionnaire
believe that institutional initiatives will be overtaken by the market
We need a new and inclusive approach to how we
implement the (refreshed) UK Location Strategy
“Five years ago OpenStreetMap didn't exist, so forecasting the
future of crowd sourced data feels particularly futile.”
“However, the UK is predicted to be complete,
at the street level, in 14 months time.”
“There will be more than 1,000,000 users in much less
than five years time.” Chris Osborne
Few, if any countries, have generated data
management policies that truly integrate and utilise
this new, valuable resource of large scale, citizen
“In many cases, more information equals greater
confusion – another dataset will be around the corner to
refute any …“
„In this world the games developers will
replace professional GIS specialists.‟
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Sharing information about your self should be
a transaction where the default is that you
reject, in other words you have to opt-in NOT
Do you want people to know that you are in
the UK, in London, at15the IOD….?
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• Adapting to global economic power changes.
• Building appropriate GI capacity.
• Encouraging public participation by explaining
complex geographic phenomena in simple terms.
• Creating a UK based global market leader /
• Supporting a new type of public sector.
• Devising a new approach to implementing the UK
• Responding to location privacy crisis.
A bright future won’t just happen. It is up to you to
make it happen and shape the future.