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Competition brings together crowdsourcing and geospatial data

27/11/18

UKA Correspondent

The Geospatial Commission and innovation agency Innovate UK have launched a competition for shares of £1.5 million to fund projects that use data linked to location.

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They said it will be focused on exploring the benefits and challenges of crowdsourcing data, and that between £50,000 to £750,000 could be granted to eligible organisations.

Qualifying projects will have to be aimed at improving the delivery of public services, supporting the third sector or enhancing the quality of open public datasets.

Ian Campbell, interim executive chair of Innovate UK said: “Working in partnership with the Geospatial Commission, this competition seeks to harness the power of crowdsourcing so that location data and geospatial technology can help transform services in the UK.

“This will bring together the public sector, SMEs and research organisations to fully exploit datasets, creating new economic and societal benefits.”

The deadline for applications is midday on 30 January 2019. The competition is open to UK based organisations from a business of any size, academic organisation or higher education institute, charity, public sector organisation or local authority, public sector research establishment, research council institute or a research and technology organisation.

The Geospatial Commission is a committee within the Cabinet Office, established earlier this year, to support efforts to use public and private sector geospatial data more productively. Research estimates that this could contribute up to £11 billion to the economy.

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