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An overview of the UK Location Programme and its deliverables

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  • Scenario to be explained. An outbreak of an infectious animal disease (in this case for poultry) has been reported. A team has been set up to assess and contain the outbreak. Some information on the location of the diseased animals is known based on reports from the local farmer and inspectors. Information is also known on other poultry in the vicinity who disease status is as yet unknown. The challenge is to isolate the affected area by placing restrictions of movement on vehicles and individuals (e.g. ramblers) on roads and tracks. However, this alone is not seen as sufficient to contain the spread of the disease. The infection is known to spread by air and has been reported to have been previously carried in water via nearby streams. A further risk is transmission into other types of birds (e.g. to local wild bird colonies). While some prior experience of handling such a case the team are dealing with a highly dynamic situation that can change by the hour and that may require multiple sources of information to be called upon in a dynamic manner
  • To facilitate communications with stakeholders we have explained, in “lay person’s” language, what INSPIRE will involve in a UK context.
  • This section of the presentation describes the range of end user / business applications that the UKLII will support. The full range is obviously not described, but the emphasis of the slides is to highlight the difference that the UKLII will make compared to the current situation. The UKLII supports many of the Government’s digital engagement commitments to increase access to Public Sector Information and to link it through the data.gov.uk initiative and to directly support actions identified in the Putting the Frontline First: Smarter Government White Paper. The recently announced OS OpenData is part of this agenda.
  • The UKLII is not limited to just information about land. The INSPIRE Regulations cover land, sea and air information, allowing seamless integration of information across these domains. This ease of integration opens up a range of new applications that are currently very difficult or costly to attempt. For many applications, the cost of cleaning and integrating data can be as high as 50% of the total project costs. Coastal zone management requires a wide range of marine, estuary and land information to be integrated. The mitigation of natural hazards, such as flooding, requires meteorological, hydrology, terrain, property, infrastructure, for example. Climate change also requires a wide range of information, but importantly requires the temporal aspects to track changes over time.
  • Increasingly, real-time location information is becoming available through ground and space based sensors, ubiquitous GPS devices, crowdsourcing and location enabled social networks like Facebook. The availability of this information will only open up a whole range of new and enhanced applications if the information is interoperable – this is the UKLII value add. Examples of applications using real-time location information are traffic navigation and management, logistics in delivery services, crowdsourced information to support disaster management and recovery and the wide range of Location Based Services epitomised by the iPhone applications. Location Based Social Network revenues estimated to reach US$3.3 billion by 2013.
  • The benefits of the UKLII are not just focussed in the 3 rd and private sector domains. Many benefits will accrue in the public sector. There has been a paradigm shift from ‘Spatial Information Management’ to ‘Managing Information Spatially’ that allows a wide range of socio-economic information to be spatially enabled and spatially analysed. Applications will increasingly provide evidence for policy formulation. Through the adoption of common information interoperability standards across the UK, it will be easier to integrate a wider range of datasets and to analyse information across administrative and regional boundaries. Applications include using geo-demographics to understand user needs for services and targeting services more effectively, crime analysis and prevention, flooding risk assessment and UK wide biodiversity.
  • The challenges of the new millennium of climate change, food security, fuel shortages, population growth, environmental degradation and natural disasters, for example, do not adhere to national boundaries – these are regional and global phenomena. Therefore, we need to share our information with regional and global partners to help inform solutions to these global challenges.

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  • UK Location The Bigger Picture Ray Boguslawski Deputy SRO UK Location Programme UKLP London Spring Workshop 17 June 2010 An introduction to the UK Location Programme
  • Agenda
          • Setting out the vision
          • Setting the policy context
          • What the UKLP will deliver
          • Engagement : application examples
          • INSPIRE timelines
          • What’s been achieved and next steps
          • Benefits
  • Making a difference – the UK Location Strategy “ Good maps and location intelligence can help determine how quickly our ambulances turn up, where a policeman patrols, how we act in a national emergency. Knowing more about where we live can help us make the best decisions. But across the Country there is still too little sharing of the best practice and we are wasting time and money trying to find the information we need. The Location Strategy will ensure we make better use of information already held so we can use it faster and with less expense.” Baroness Andrews, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government, November 2008
  • As seen in the real world
  • Making a difference – where are we today ? Imagery mapping data Roads data Rivers and waterways data In house application data on poultry numbers and locations Metereological data Footpaths, Rights of Way data ? ? ? ? ? ?
  • Making a difference – so what is the problem ?
    • Too many obstacles to effective use of location information to solve business problems
    • Sourcing
    • Applicability
    • Licensing
    • Formats
    • Quality
    • Re-use
    • Access
    ?
  • Making a difference – where do we need to be ? Imagery mapping data Roads data Rovers and waterways data Meteorological data Footpaths, Rights of Way data Wild bird data Ad hoc Ad hoc
  • Making a difference –fixing the problem
    • Remove the obstacles by
    • Data providers to make their data known via a common service
    • User can easily search a portal for available data and evaluate for suitability
    • Data providers offer view and download web service to obtain the data needed
    • Licensing terms consistent and understood
    • Allowing ad hoc access to data as needed
    • Data can be updated in real time
  • Making a difference – creating a better data environment
  • The result....
          • Build a UK Location Information Infrastructure delivering on the promise of INSPIRE and the UK Location Strategy
          • Delivering value to the UK through wider access to location information
          • Manage a change programme of work to make it happen and to enable it to be taken on within “business as usual”
          • Focus of programme adapts over time
    2009 Build Conceptual Design 2010 Engage Data Providers 2011 Encourage Data Users
  • Policy context data.gov.uk UKLP
        • EC INSPIRE Directive
          • Introduces standards to improve the interoperability of spatial information across Europe for environmental policy making
          • Discovery, view and download services for EC, public authorities and the public
        • UK Location Strategy
          • Re-use of all public sector location information
          • Broader interpretation than INSPIRE – will provide information for sustainable development, socio-economic analysis and many other purposes
          • For improved policy making and public sector service delivery, economic benefit, open government and citizen engagement
        • Joint programme to implement INSPIRE and UK Location Strategy because of the huge synergies
    UKLP = UKLS + INSPIRE
    • The EU INSPIRE Regulations require member states to:
          • Comply with 34 data specifications in 3 annexes (reference geographies, environmental datasets)
          • Provide catalogues that allow users to identify what information is available ( metadata )
          • Provide online services such as discovery (find out what data exists), view (to display, navigate, zoom in/out, pan, or overlay viewable spatial data sets), download (to obtain the data) and transform (to enable data interoperability)
          • Have licensing arrangements that allow information to be shared, accessed and used in accordance with Freedom of Information legislation, the Environmental Information Regulations and the Public Sector Information Regulations
          • Set up e-commerce arrangements where charging is applicable
          • Introduce monitoring mechanisms to demonstrate that the information is being made available
          • Introduce co-ordination mechanisms to ensure effective operation of the infrastructure
      • Note: INSPIRE does not require member states to create new datasets or implement a Geoportal
    INSPIRE requirements
        • To ensure that the UK exploits the full value of its information the Location Strategy requires a programme of strategic actions which ensure that:
      • we know what data we have, and avoid duplicating it;
      • we use common reference data so we know we are talking about the same places;
      • we can share location-related information easily through a common infrastructure of standards, technology and business relationships;
      • we have the appropriate skills, both among geographic professionals and among other professional groups who use location information or support its use;
      • 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)
    UK Location Strategy – 5 strategic actions
  • Smarter Government
    • Commitments: government’s public data principles
    • ‘ Public data’ is ‘government-held non-personal data that are collected or generated in the course of public service delivery’.
    • The public data principles state that:
    • Public data will be published in reusable, machine readable form
    • Public data will be available and easy to find through a single easy to use online access point (www.data.gov.uk)
    • Public data will be published using open standards and following the recommendations of the World Wide Web Consortium
    • Any ‘raw’ dataset will be represented in linked data form
    • More public data will be released under an open licence which enables free reuse, including commercial reuse, e.g. OS OpenData
    • Data underlying the Government’s own websites will be published in reusable form for others to use
    • Personal, classified, commercially sensitive and third-party data will continue to be protected.
    Government’s open data policy aims to promote transparency, empower citizens and deliver economic value
  • OS OpenData
  • What is the programme delivering? Existing and New Channels Information Service Providers (Public / Private / Academic / 3 rd Sector)
    • Web access to location info & services
    • Catalogue & Registry
    • Authentication
    • Simplified, consistent licensing
    End Users Data Interoperability Standards Public Sector Location Information Core Reference Geographies Location Information UK GeoPortal Location Enabled Information Services Resource Centre Pilots & Demonstrators data.gov.uk
  • Network of data & web services.... Registry Resource Centre Search & Evaluate Shared Service DATA PROVIDERS & PUBLISHERS DATA PUBLISHER DATA PROVIDERS on-line delivery Portal Services
  • UK Geoportal - applying best practice Search results Search function Forums Communities User feedback/rating Map Browser
  • Responsible Minister Ministerial Committee(s) DA (PED) & Devolveds European Commission / INSPIRE Location Council Independent Assurance (Non-executive) Location User Group Location Information Interoperability Board [LIIB] Location Programme Board Business Change Programme Working Groups Co-ordination Unit Top level governance Quality assurance Delivery Wide stakeholder representation Pilots & Early Adopters UKLP Governance
  • Community Engagement Standards / Guidance / GeoPortal / CRGs / Best Practice…… Wider Information Sector Communities of Practice Early Adopters Pilots UKLP Forum Support Location User Group LIIB Direct UKLP Support of Pilots Website / Outreach Events / Social Media …. Best Practice Innovation Business Cases Guidance Open Tools Capacity Building Data Collaboration Direct UKLP Support Self Sufficient Communities / Organisations
  • Citizen access to information & services data.gov.uk Unlocking innovation Working with UK Public Sector information and data Citizen & Community engagement generates new and improved government services Innovation Potential applications
  • Interoperable land, sea & air information Support more integrated applications Coastal zone management Mitigation of natural hazard impacts Climate change modelling & mitigation Potential applications
  • Real-time Information Support of more operational applications Traffic management Location based services Disaster management & recovery Logistics Potential applications
  • Integration with socio-economic Information UK wide policy analysis Evidence based policies Local services Socio-economic analysis Risk assessment Potential applications
  • International Standards Regional & global applications European Integration Global Integration Potential applications
  • INSPIRE data scope Annex I Annex II Annex III
    • Geographical names
    • Elevation
    • Statistical units
    • Buildings
    • Administrative units
    • Land cover
    • Mineral resources
    • Sea regions
    • Addresses
    • Ortho-imagery
    • Natural risk zones
    • Land use
    • Cadastral parcels
    • Geology
    • Soils
    • Energy Resources
    • Transport networks (streets)
    • Species distribution
    • Habitats & biotopes
    • Hydrography
    • Environmental monitoring facilities
    • Human health & safety
    • Protected sites
    • Population dist. & demography
    • Utility & govt. services
    Coordinate reference systems
    • Meteorological features
    • Atmospheric conditions
    • Geographical grid systems
    • Agricultural and aquaculture facilities
    • Bio-geographical regions
    • Oceanographic features
    • Production & industrial facilities
    • Area management restriction / regulation zones & reporting units
  • INSPIRE compliance in the UK – May 2010
  • INSPIRE timescales simplified.... Phase 1 Existing Data Phase 2 Compliant Data Annex II & III Compliant Data Dec 2019 Annex I Compliant Data Dec 2017 Annex I & II Existing Data Dec 2010: Metadata available May & Nov 2011: Discovery & View Jun & Dec 2012: Download & Coordinate Transformation Annex III Existing Data Dec 2013: All services
    • INSPIRE Regulations 2009 introduced
    • Governance structures operational
    • Website launched and maintained
    • Conceptual design and roadmap agreed
    • Wide stakeholder engagement and outreach programme
    • Preparation of guidance documentation started
    • Pilots and early adopters programme underway
    • Annual report published
    • Infrastructure outline design and metadata requirements completed
    • Alignment with data.gov.uk agreed
    What has been achieved so far?
    • Developing the central infrastructure within data.gov.uk
    • Co-ordinating and supporting the work of data providers to meet the INSPIRE timelines
    • Working with suppliers as key enablers
    • Integrating the UK infrastructure with the “satellite” infrastructures in the devolved administrations
    • Promoting wider user of location data to deliver benefits (further pilots)
    A challenging year ahead . . . Dec 2010 Metadata available May 2011 Initial Discovery & View Nov 2011 Full Discovery & View
  • Summary – what benefits will you see?
    • Delivering more for less
      • Reducing costs of delivery while providing more value
      • Cutting duplication and promoting reuse
    • Better Service Delivery
      • Improved / more effective Public Service
      • Improved responsiveness
      • Better cross organisational coordination
    • Enabling the provision of innovative new services
      • Providing services which have been impractical or not cost effective to date
      • New knowledge from different combination of data / data sets
    • More open government
      • Making government information more freely available
      • Wide consultation and engagement
  • Conceptual Design Workshops - 28 April - 12 May 2009 v1.03 London, England Snowdonia, Wales Tyndrum, Scotland Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland a unique opportunity for everyone [email_address] location.defra.gov.uk