government departments and agencies and help deliver public services
through more informed policy making, planning minister Sally Keeble
A groundbreaking, one-year, Pan-Government Agreement pilot between
DTLR and Ordnance Survey will allow the whole of central government
to have data licences for OS national data sets.
Sally Keeble said:
'All government departments and agencies will be able to use Ordnance
Survey data, storing, analysing and presenting a wide variety of
information about UK geographic areas in any way they wish. This can
really make a difference to the way government is able to plan for
better public services.
'For example, local authorities are already able to use this data to
plan roadworks timetables to help reduce inconvenience to road users
as much as possible. We want to open up access to this data for the
whole of central government and its agencies.'
Sally Keeble added:
'My department has contributed£1.9m to this pilot project which will
last until April next year. We hope it will then become a permanent
Vanessa Lawrence, Ordnance Survey's director general and chief
'Our data already underpins a huge range of vital work including
crime prevention, emergency services, transport planning and land
management. It is already available to every single local authority
in Britain and we want central government to benefit too.'
Users joining from today can use Ordnance Survey data for all
internal business purposes, including intranets, emails, reports and
submissions to third parties.
1. The Pan-Government Agreement (PGA) will extend and develop
existing supply arrangements between the mapping agency and around 50
departments, who will benefit by having access to a wider range of
map data than ever before and more freedom with how they use it. At
present all local authorities, including fire brigades and police,
already use Ordnance Survey map data.
2. A seminar being held today at Ordnance Survey will explain the
deal to data supply, software and computer systems supply businesses
that will be working with Departments.
3. The pilot, which is planned to become a permanent arrangement,
will support both the drive towards joined up government and the 2005
e-delivery target of more online information across the public
4. A recent report by the Cabinet Office's Performance and
Innovation Unit (April 2002) stresses the role of geographical
information as a key link between different types of government data.
It says that geographical analysis is an ideal way to understand
issues at a local or community level and co-ordinate action.
5. The new supply arrangements follow the launch of OS MasterMap,
the most detailed and flexible digital map data Ordnance Survey has
ever produced. OS MasterMap users can share and merge different sets
of information through unique computer-friendly numbers identifying
416 million landscape features, including every building and piece of
land. These topographic identifiers, or TOIDs, are ideally suited to
the exchange and delivery of information both across government and
to the general public. The portfolio also includes additional
sophisticated data products pinpointing addresses, roads, and
electoral and administrative boundaries.
6. The PGA will also mean major savings can be made within
government. An example of how this will work in practice is the
electronic Property Information Mapping System (e-PIMS), managed by
the Office for Government Commerce. e-PIMS is an initiative based on
utilising Ordnance Survey map data. It will allow departments to
access and update their own property and workspace information,
thereby improving decision making and realising departmental savings
when procuring, changing or disposing of central estate properties
and workspace. e-PIMS was launched in May 2001 over the Government
Secure Intranet as a Read Only service. An updateable version,
enabling departments to update their own data, was launched in
November 2001. The service plans to offer standard linkages via XML
in May 2002, and is expected to support MasterMap in the operational
service by October 2002. For further information see www.ogc.gov.uk