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Mick Cory: Ordnance Survey’s Public Task


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  • 1. Ordnance Survey’s Public Task M J Cory
  • 2. Public Value Public value Source “Creating Public Value”, by Professor Mark H Moore, Harvard University Press Authority Authority to do what is expected: • Legislative authority • Political authority from elected representatives and • Stakeholder authority Substantive Value – Delivers value to the whole of society – contributes to the wider public good Operationally and economically viable • Technically possible to do • efficient and effective • minimises costs to the taxpayer • Deliver effective services • Meet customer and market needs
  • 3. Authority Legislative & Administrative • Ordnance Survey Act 1841 (c.30). • The Government Trading Funds Act (1973) (amended 1990), see: Ordnance Survey Framework Document July 2004 • Communities and Local Government Committee Inquiry into Ordnance Survey, Fifth report of Session 2007- 2008 HC 268, 2 February 2008, Supplementary memorandum by Ordnance Survey [Ev 73 – 83], and Annex 1. • NIMSA funded those tasks which would not otherwise have been provided if the decision to undertake these activities was made on a purely commercial basis. Political & Other • Davidson Committee, • the 1979 Ordnance Survey Committee (Serpell) • Consultation exercise on the ‘National Interest in Mapping’ conducted by Ordnance Survey and the Department of the Environment in 1996. • “Quinquennial Review of Ordnance Survey Stage 1 Report” CMG Admiral, December 2001 • Transport Local Government and the Regions Committee, Ordnance Survey, 10th Report of Session 2001- 2002, HC481. • Communities and Local Government Committee, Ordnance Survey, Fifth Report of Session 2007 – 2008, HC 268.
  • 4. Objective Organisation Targets Services / Products Information GIS INPUTS OUTPUTS IMPACTS OUTCOMES COST BENEFIT Financial Value (Efficiency) Economic, Social and Cultural Value (Effectiveness) Objective Organisation Targets Services / Products Information GIS INPUTS OUTPUTS IMPACTS OUTCOMES COST BENEFIT Financial Value (Efficiency) Economic, Social and Cultural Value (Effectiveness) INPUTS OUTPUTS IMPACTS OUTCOMES Substantive value Source PA Consulting
  • 5. Substantive Value - Why is it important? • Often taken for granted • Proving benefit is difficult • However – examples of value / benefit: – Guarantee of property rights – Emergency & Security Services – Delivery of important central Government Services – Planning, Agriculture, Education, Health, Environment – Planning and management of local government services • In addition – Inescapable need for base technical infrastructure (geodetic framework) – National Standards of consistency of content, currency, style and manner of data – Public interest in mapping information of areas that would not otherwise be mapped
  • 6. Ordnance Survey Operating Account Summary last 5 years £ 000’s 2008/09 2007/08 2006/07 2005/06 2004/05 Income 117,198 118,740 1,162,154 118,356 115,075 Costs 100,809 96,133 109,659 * 110,604 105,640 PointX 125 8 34 19 134 Total Operating surplus 16,264 22,615 6,590 7,771 9,301 Disposal of Fixed Assets 15 67 367 96 60 Surplus on ordinary activities 16,279 22,548 6,223 7,867 9,241 Dividend 4,832 3,713 4,610 2,620 800 Surplus 12,505 20,123 2,092 5,391 9,098 * Note 1 – 2006/07 costs includes an exceptional charge of £11,304,000 following impairment review of integrated data capture, storage and maintenance system Note 2 – NIAO notes that OS turnover of £117 million derives principally from the exploitation of data held in its National Geographic Database, the creation of which has been funded by the past investment of public funds. OS has not capitalised this cost.
  • 7. Economic viability - Funding the public task • Free data? • Government policy • Values and behaviours • Public Value • Deliver benefit for the wider public good • Meet conflicting and changing Public interest • Political interest • Media Interest • Stakeholder interest • Shareholder Value • ‘Return on Investment’ • ‘Bottom line’ metric • Focus on • Customer needs • Market Needs
  • 8. Enhancing Public Value • The changing policy environment – The Power of Information (POI) report – Commercial use of Public Information (CUPI) market study – Review of Trading Fund Charging Model – Trading Fund Assessment – Operational Efficiency Programme (OEP) – Location Strategy – INSPIRE Directive • Geographic Information and Ordnance Survey • Protecting the National Interest • Reputation • Crown copyright • Promoting Innovation, ensuring future relevance
  • 9. Ensuring Future Relevance • Web 2.0 • Good enough – Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica – Netbooks vs. Laptops – Skype vs. landline – Amazon Kindle vs. graphics workstations – Craigslist vs. user friendly web pages – Sketch-up vs. AutoCAD – Google maps vs. Ordnance Survey maps? • Free or Fee – “Every industry that becomes digital, eventually becomes free” – Declining traditional industry models • Newspaper, Music… maps next? (Chris Anderson, Editor Wired Magazine, author of “Free: The Economics of Abundance and Why Zero Pricing is Changing the Face of Business”)
  • 10. OS Public Task • Maintaining the National ‘Map’ – Maintaining the National Grid and coordinate reference system for Great Britain, including its definition and relationship with international and other coordinate systems. – Surveying and collecting data to maintain the National Spatial Database of Great Britain, to defined standards of currency, reliability, consistency and completeness agreed with users and in the national interest. – Maintaining the official record of administrative, electoral and other boundaries of Great Britain. • Distributing the National Map • Policy, advice and representation • Promoting innovation for economic and social benefit • Stewardship of Crown copyright and protecting the Ordnance Survey name • Ensuring future relevance, authority and viability