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Scotland joins Public Sector Geospatial Agreement

21/05/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

The Scottish Government has signed up for the country to join the recently created Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA).

Aerial shot of countryside

It has come to an agreement with the Geospatial Commission for the deal to replace the previous arrangements under the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) and Greenspace Scotland contracts.

The agreement provides a route for public sector organisations in Scotland – 146 of which have been using OSMA – to get access to digital mapping datasets for all of Great Britain held by national mapping agency Ordnance Survey.

Albert King, chief data officer for the Scottish Government, said: β€œThe Scottish Government welcomes the opportunities provided by the new PSGA.

"This agreement secures continuity of access to data which underpins delivery of our public services at a time when we depend on them more than ever.

"Furthermore, it extends this to encompass a breadth of new datasets and services with the potential to significantly improve public services in Scotland by improving decision making and saving time, money and lives.”

The GPSA was launched at the beginning of April and is set to run for 10 years. It includes unique property reference number and unique street reference numbers as the core addressing identifiers.

Image by Kkairri, CC BY 2.0 through flickr

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