Reports and Publications
Geospatial themes and related data publishers
Guidance on available data and where to find it.
Assessment of the UK’s national geospatial data
The Geospatial Commission delivers an assessment of the current state of the UK’s public sector geospatial data.
A Space Strategy for Scotland
The Scottish Space Strategy sets out plans to develop a network of satellite launch sites, pursue green technologies and build on existing strengths in data analysis and research.
Unlocking the power of location: The UK’s geospatial strategy
Sets out a coordinated approach to unlock economic, social and environmental value from geospatial data.
This glossary is intended for anyone using geospatial data and is particularly valuable to users who are new to the geospatial world.
Research & Statistics Sources
Search Geospatial Commission section of GOV.UK for sources of research and statistics.
Guidance & Regulations
Search Geospatial Commission section of GOV.UK for guidance and regulation documents.
AGI Foresight 2020 Report
The AGI Foresight Report 2020 gives insight into the issues we believe will have a significant impact on our economy, environment and society over the next five years. The purpose of the Report is to both observe and challenge the current role of Geographic Information (GI) in relation to these issues.
‘The Power Of Place – A Sustainable Future With Geospatial Insights’
A collaboration between KTN and Ordnance Survey where industry leaders and emerging thinkers reflect on the changing landscape of geospatial technology and its impact across sectors.
Transport Location Data Competition brochure
The Geospatial Commission partnered with Innovate UK to design the Transport Location Data Competition to look at how location data can spark innovation and support the future of mobility for the United Kingdom. Find out more about the competition, the companies involved and their projects.
Geospatial Commission Annual Plan 2022/2023
The UK Geospatial Strategy outlines a commitment to publish annual plans towards implementation. This is the second of those plans. It provides us with a moment to reflect on the developing trends impacting the use of location data, summarises progress over the past year in delivering the UK’s Geospatial Strategy and outlines key strategic priorities for the coming year.
Building public confidence in location data: The ABC of ethical use
In June 2022, the Geospatial Commission published its policy paper on location data ethics, in line with a commitment made in the UK’s Geospatial Strategy. The paper outlines the Geospatial Commission’s informed views on how to unlock value from location data while mitigating ethical and privacy risks, ensuring compliance with legal principles and retaining the trust of citizens.
Demand for geospatial skills: Report for the Geospatial Commission
The UK has globally recognised geospatial expertise and is independently ranked second in the world for ‘geospatial readiness’. To achieve our vision we must develop more people with the right skills and tools to work with location data, across organisations and sectors, to meet the UK’s future needs and support global development.
Investigating UK public sector demand for Earth Observation technology
Earth Observation (EO), particularly that collected from satellites, is a fundamental source of location data used by society today to better the lives of citizens across the UK. It provides information about our planet at a frequency and coverage that is simply not possible from any other source. Currently, EO data is used across the UK public sector for a range of operational purposes, from environmental monitoring to emergency incident response, and has the potential to offer significant additional value to the public.
Measuring the value of location data: a step by step guide
Benefit appraisal guidance on how to assess the economic, social and environmental value of investments in location data.