£1.5 million geospatial competition open to improve public services

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The Geospatial Commission has partnered with Innovate UK to launch a new government competition where organisations can apply for a share of £1.5 million to fund projects which use data linked to location. Between £50,000 to £750,000 could be granted to eligible organisations.

By using location data, geospatial technology is transforming services across the public and private sectors and are contributing to the #SmarterGov Government campaign, which is helping to deliver wider economic growth and productivity.

The aim of the competition is explore the benefits and challenges of crowdsourcing data. It will encourage different organisations to work together to identify innovative new ways for crowd-sourced data, to either:

  • Improve the delivery of public services
  • Support the third sector
  • Enhance the quality of open public datasets

This new competition is a further boost to the UK’s status as a world leader in digital innovation and an example of how advances in technology can be used to foster economic growth, deliver outstanding public services and generate savings for the public.

The competition opened on 26 November 2018 and the deadline for applications is midday on 30 January 2019. It is open to UK-based organisations from a business of any size, academic organisation or higher education institute, charity, public sector organisation or local authority, public sector research establishment, research council institute or a research and technology organisation.

The BGS is one of the six partner bodies of the Geospatial Commission which was formed in 2017: Chancellor to unlock hidden value of government data

Find out more about and apply here Geospatial Commission competition




27 November 2018