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Office of Government Property works on design of digital National Asset Register


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Office of Government Property (OGP) has taken a step forwards with the plan for a digital National Asset Register with a procurement notice for support in its design, build and proof of concept.

It has indicated the need for a cloud based system and emphasised its requirement for a data analytics capability to support decision-making in the management of the Government’s buildings and facilities.

The plan for National Asset Register was revealed in July of last year as part of the Government Estate Strategy. It is intended to bring together public sector property and land data with socio-economic data.

The procurement notice indicates that this is part of a plan to make all the data on UK public sector property available to the Cabinet Office, the parent body for the OGP, by 2021. Until now it has relied on the electronic Property Information Mapping Service, which has a limited potential for upgrades and analytics.

The notice says the proof of concept should demonstrate the automated collection of data from a designated government database and third party sources, and use the data in creating dashboards, reports and analytics.

Multiple data sources

The OGP also wants a greater self-service capability to import data from multiple sources, ensure it is accurate, create dashboards and reports, and manage user access.

The register will also be available to public sector property managers.

Last year’s strategy document said it is expected to take in hundreds of public sector entities and be used to support strategic asset management, collaboration between organisations, and to help them assess their costs, utilisation and environmental performance in managing their estates.

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