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Improvement Service places green heat data on Spatial Hub

21/06/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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Scotland’s Improvement Service (IS) has published a collection of 15 datasets from the recent Green Heat in Geenspaces (GHiGs) on its Spatial Hub platform.

Drawing of heat pump grid

The move comes as the hub, which provides public authorities with access to and use of geospatial data, has been migrated to a new website.

The GHiGs project has been run by greenspace scotland – with which more than half of the country’s local authorities work – to show the suitability of urban open spaces for use as low carbon heat sources, heat storage sites and heat transmission corridors.

It focused primarily on the potential to host solutions using heat pumps and district heat networks based on their physical characteristics and proximity to communities.

IS - the public sector body that supports local government in Scotland - said the data has been made available to help public authorities use it to investigate the issues and using urban green and blue spaces to optimise their land assets and meet climate and sustainability targets.

Uses can explore the data through a ‘data services’ function, saving on the need to make local copies, and use it for offline analysis and mapping. It has also been tagged with metadata optimised for search engines.

Hub migration

IS said it has migrated its Spatial Hub – first launched in 2016 – to make better use of the underlying CKAN open source data management system, thereby giving it a cleaner look, an improved search function and making it easier to use.

“These developments will allow the Spatial Hub to grow and to offer exciting new possibilities for accessible data from local authorities, public sector and other organisations in the future,” it said.

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