A big thank you to everyone who came along to the #DataMash at our Southampton head office. The data- and geography-themed unconference was a collaboration between OS and Defra, with around 150 attendees from across the Defra Group, alongside representatives from some of Defra data suppliers, data users, and IT providers.
Defra works with 33 organisations and 22,000 people (such as Environment Agency, Natural England, Rural Payments Agency, Animal and Plant Health, Forestry Commission) and a huge user of OS data as around 80% of the Defra group’s work has a geospatial element.
The overall theme of #DataMash was transformation towards being data driven, connecting geospatial data to government policy development and the implementation and monitoring of policy/citizen services
Guest post by Miranda Sharp, Head of Commercial Business, Ordnance Survey
The industry and the Government have been working tirelessly over the past 24 months to agree the replacement for the Statement of Principles that allows affordable flood cover for all. However, now the Water Bill has received Royal Ascent; the real hard work is about to begin on Flood Re as the enabling legislation is in place. The Flood Re scheme will allow owners of flood-prone homes to buy affordable insurance, where annual premiums will be capped and payouts for flood damage will come from a central pool of money. Homeowners will continue to buy home insurance in the normal way through insurers or brokers, but their insurers may choose to include their homes into the scheme.
The industry, politicians and the media have been discussing some of the exclusions at length, including the Association of British Insurers (ABI) putting a case for the inclusion Council Tax Band H properties. In light of this discussion, Ordnance Survey, in conjunction with POST have commissioned a report find out where concerns with Flood Re lie. The research asked a range of experts across the insurance market along with 120 professionals for their views on Flood Re.
Richard Brocklebank, Business Development Manager, Ordnance Survey
Last week over 190 industry professionals got together to hear the latest on flood risk and data available to help understand and manage it at a collaborative event organised by Ordnance Survey, Environment Agency, Met Office and British Geological Survey. Our vision for the event was to bring together data creators, application providers, insurers and brokers in one room, with the aim of facilitating discussion and working together to better manage the problem of flood risk across the UK. Through this the industry would gain a greater understanding of the scale of the flood risk problem and available data to help them with their work.
UK Location launched the beta version of the Metadata Editor last week, built by us at Ordnance Survey. We built it using the GeoNetwork platform and have made the Metadata Editor available in two formats – a web-based on line version and an downloadable version. The UK Location Metadata Editor enables users to create, edit and validate UK Location compliant discovery metadata resources.
We’re one of many UK public bodies that produces data which falls within the scope of the Inspire Directive (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe). The Directive aims to ensure that geographic information joins up between European countries. This can then help in major environmental disasters such as forest fires, floods and industrial explosions that do not respect national boundaries.
The first step under Inspire, currently being worked on by UK Location who are ensuring the UK rolls out the Inspire strategy, is creating metadata. Over the coming months and years Inspire’s vision sees everyone working to the same data specifications and sharing data readily between European countries.
The data under Inspire’s scope includes many of our datasets, which are largely reference information such as addresses and administrative areas, but also thematic information such as industrial facilities and species distributions.
We became involved in the Defra-coordinated UK Location earlier this year as technical delivery partners. Our first task was to work on the Metadata Editor and we’ll also be working on other spatial aspects of the project in the coming months. Keep an eye on our blog for more updates on Inspire and the UK Location programme.