The beta version of the Taskforce report has attracted several hundred comments which we have been working through this week as we draft the final version. I hope that we will be able to make this final version public at the start of next week.
Perhaps not surprisingly the section on geospatial data has attracted the most discussion with over 30 comments registered.
A number of these have asked for more emphasis to be placed on access to address and postcode data and others have picked up the issue of ‘derived data’.
On the derived data issue the guidance sent to local authorities about the incompatibility of OS and Google Maps licenses is very instructive. This reinforces strongly the view that there is a problem we must urgently address if a public body cannot plot the location of public services on a map and then display this on commonly used platforms like Google Maps.
Richard Allan, Task Force Chair