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Scotland joins the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement

The Scottish Government and the Geospatial Commission have agreed that as of May 19, 2020 Scotland will become part of the Geospatial Agreement of the recently launched Public Sector.

This national agreement will now replace the current Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) and Greenspace Scotland contracts. Scottish Government users, made up of 146 OSMA member organizations, will now access operating system data and experience through PSGA.

They will join with members of the public sector from England and Wales to access a range of digital mapping data sets for the whole of Britain, including Addressing and Road Information. The PSGA will also provide increased technical support and access to new data in the future.

The new PSGA is anticipated to provide significant benefits that will provide information to support decision-making, drive efficiencies, and continue to support public service delivery.

 According to Steve Blair, CEO of Ordnance Survey, "We are delighted that Scotland has joined the PSGA creating the first joint GB agreement for customers across the public sector to access operating system data."

"The PSGA offers exciting opportunities for both the operating system and our customers and I am confident it will unlock significant social, environmental and economic benefits for England, Scotland and Wales."

Albert King, Scottish Government Data Director, said: “The Scottish Government welcomes the opportunities that the new PSGA brings. "This agreement ensures the continuity of access to the data that support the provision of our public services at a time when we depend on them more than ever."

"Furthermore, it extends this to encompass a wide range of new data sets and services with the potential to significantly improve public services in Scotland by improving decision-making and saving time, money and lives."

The PSGA started on April 1, 2020 and is intended to benefit the public sector, businesses, developers, and academia.  Throughout the 10-year agreement, the operating system will deliver the next generation of location data for Britain and transform the way people access, share and innovate with geospatial data.


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Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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