Geospatial standards policy

This policy sets out our policy position relating to the adoption of geospatial or location standards for our business and participation in activity that develops standards.

This policy is concerned with standards that relate to our core business of collecting, maintaining, managing and distributing geospatial data.

It is not concerned with standards that relate to our operation as a business; for example, financial, procurement or health and safety standards. Generally it will be concerned with standards that are specific to our geospatial business but may also, where necessary, include more general standards related to the capture, management, maintenance and dissemination of data. Throughout, definitions from the UK Government Open Standards Principles are used.

Geospatial standards impact spatial data capture, management, maintenance and dissemination in land, sea and air domains. Well-defined and viable standards within the geospatial sector allow geospatial information, devices, applications, data repositories, services and networks to communicate. These standards include the wider information technology (IT) standards that underpin the operation of the World Wide Web; for example linked data, as well as specific geospatial standards such as the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) Web Map Service (WMS).