Wednesday 9th September, 2009
11:20am to 11:20am
There is a long held view that government should provide the necessary infrastructure for the economic growth and future development of the country. Part of that infrastructure has always been the large scale base mapping that is a key part of planning for the future. The argument goes that a well maintained high quality map base underpins much of the economic activity of the country and provides a reference base for everyone to work from.
What then is the case for having a second large scale, independent, mapping base for parts of the UK? This paper presents our thinking on why choice stimulates innovation and leads to new and more effective geo spatial solutions. That choice has existed in the UK aerial imagery market for many decades and innovations over the last 10 years have grown the market and created a much more competitive pricing environment for the benefit of the end users. There is no reason why this should not be the case for large scale mapping.
New products created using the latest technical innovations increasingly become more commercially viable. At the same time they can be designed with modern GIS applications in mind and can bring together what have previously been disparate information sources. UKMap was designed not only as an alternative large scale mapping base, but as an integrated geo-spatial database bringing together address data, points of interest, retail classifications and 3D information through a common base layer designed for that purpose.
Choice, or if you prefer competition, will challenge current approaches to licensing and IPR, maintenance and pricing, and will lead to a more dynamic, innovative geo-spatial market in the UK.
MD and co-founder of The GeoInformation Group, publisher of UKMap and Cities Revealed bio from Twitter
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