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National level strategy for Open Principles in Geospatial


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This session at FOSS4G UK conference 2016 at the Ordnance Survey UK is aims to start the process of bringing together interested participants from government, industry and academia to discuss ideas on best practices in open source geospatial implementations, open data, open standards, opportunities for geo industry, migration to open source GIS ,economic benefits, accelerating innovation ecosystems , skills development and educational opportunities, creating highly skilled jobs, expanding startups and accelerating the digital economy. There is a need for having a national level strategy for enabling the public sector to save money, innovate and make more effective policy decisions.

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National level strategy for Open Principles in Geospatial

  1. 1. “The need for National level strategy for Open Principles in Geospatial” Dr. Suchith Anand University of Nottingham
  2. 2. Big picture In the UK there are 433 principal authorities: 27 county councils, 55 unitary authorities, 32 London boroughs, 36 Metropolitan boroughs, 201 districts, 32 Scottish unitary authorities, 22 Welsh unitary authorities, and 26 Northern Ireland districts ,and every single one of them are using GIS So imagine the costs per year of taxpayers money spend for buying proprietary GIS licences !
  3. 3. The need for cost savings Open source GIS software will help the local authorities and various government departments in reducing huge licence fee costs for proprietary software and the UK Government and taxpayers as a whole will benefit from cost efficiencies, reduce the cost of lock-in to suppliers and products. This is especially important for future IT investments (for example Cloud Computing) , so that more options are explored and choices available.
  4. 4. Why ? Now imagine the costs for not one year costs but costs for 10 years , 25 years, 50 years from now etc. It will be in billions of taxpayers money that should be spend for expanding investment in schools, universities, healthcare etc NOT keeping paying to buy high cost proprietary GIS licences when there are now lot of open alternatives available and many other countries are already doing this. It will help also create and accelerate local innovation opportunities in location based technologies and stimulate local industry and accelerate new jobs creation in digital economy for value added services building upon technologies.
  5. 5. Geospatial Standards (for ex. OGC spec.) Maturity of open source software (for ex. OSGeo stack) Open Data Ability for showing the operation of general laws is fundamental for scientific research Big Picture – Openness is key for innovation in GIS
  6. 6. Open Source strategy for the UK government (Jan 2010)
  7. 7. Open principles is now implemented by the UK Government and delivering huge cost savings for government £409 million in the first half of 2013 alone standards-principles
  8. 8. Open Data – key for innovation and transparency
  9. 9. Increasing software quality by community peer review
  10. 10. Reuse big enabler for government departments in cost savings and increasing efficiencies
  11. 11. Some successful examples of transition from proprietary systems to open source GIS in UK government These need to be replicated fast across UK government departments to enable wider cost savings and increasing efficiencies
  12. 12. Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead the-public-sector/
  13. 13. studies/warwickshire-county-council-new-web-gis.html Warwickshire County Council
  14. 14. 1. How much (roughly) is the UK government (central/local government etc) spending in buying properitery GIS licences for the last 10 years (2005-2015)? Is there any plans for on savings target for the next 10 years ? 2. How many SMEs and jobs have been created in the UK through the creation of Open Geo ecosystem in the last 5 years (open source geospatial software and open data)? 3. What are the important steps needed for accelerating Open Innovation in location based technologies for expanding the Digital economy opportunities for the future. Key questions?
  15. 15. RDA Geospatial IG and Geo4All ThinkTank meeting on 8th June 2016 for starting the process of Open Geospatial Science Vision 2030
  16. 16. Vision 2030 Science should always be open Geospatial Science should be fully build on Open Principles Transparency of research is fundamental (no black boxes or proprietary barriers). Geospatial Science = Open Geospatial Science Open Geospatial Labs are being established worldwide to scale up research and teaching globally as part of the ICA-OSGeo MoU
  17. 17. We need an action plan for moving forward We are especially interested in examples of ideas and action plans from local authorities to make use of open technologies (esp in GIS) for helping reduce the high proprietary GIS licence costs as it is one of the biggest IT expenses in GIS. So you can imagine the cumulative annual costs for the UK government for keeping buying proprietary GIS . Now imagine the costs for not just one year but in the future 5, 10 , 25 years. This is especially important for Smart Cities programs and will help build an ecosystem at the local level and help create big opportunities for industry, SMEs and startups in the UK . This will create innovation opportunities locally.
  18. 18. In order to start this process, we will need to follow up ideas on the following: 1. Start collating casestudies of successful migrations from central and local governments in the UK. 2. Bring together a team of key people to develop an action plan for National level strategy for Open Principles in Geospatial. We will also link this to our Vision 2030 for Open Geospatial Science[1]. Anyone interested to contribute on this please email Next Steps [1]
  19. 19. 3. There should be a vision to establish a National Centre for Open Government with expertise in Open Technologies and Open Data to build best practices in open source geospatial implementations in government and share ideas . There needs to be support and training facilities available for the local GIS departments who are migrating to Open Source GIS solutions. Investing in people is important. Scalability (without worring about exponential increases in licensing costs) will also be a important factor in cost savings and efficiencies. We already have dedicated Open Source Geospatial Labs in key research universities in the UK who can provide the expertise needed. 4. Detailed study on how much (roughly) is the UK government (central/local government etc) spending in buying properitery GIS licences for the last 10 years (2005-2015)? There needs to be clear plans for savings target for the next 10 years ? Next Steps
  20. 20. Thanks to all participants, and wider geospatial community for the inputs