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The secret to great geospatial data portals: start with the user

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Guest blog by Carl Watson, Senior Analyst and UX Lead, British Geological Survey who shares the steps taken to build a data portal for the user.  “After listening to what real users want we have created guidelines for Designing Geospatial …

“Byte-ing Back Better” - Introducing a Q-FAIR approach to Geospatial Data Improvement

Diagram of Q-FAIR, Findable, Accessible,Interoperable and Re-usable

Callum Irving, Senior Data and Standards Advisor, shares the Geospatial Commission’s ambitions to improve access to better location data by making it Q-FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable and of the right Quality that is fit for purpose. Building on …

70,000 species in the UK; who records them, and where are they all? The importance of knowing what species are where.

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As Data Standards Lead at the Geospatial Commission I have been investigating species data and the path it takes from getting collected to being made available, to monitor species. Knowing a species geographic location is fundamental to many aspects of biodiversity conservation. 

Launching the Developer Licence 2.0

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The National Archives is pleased to introduce the Developer Licence 2.0.  As with the licence it replaces, it is part of the UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF) which provides the policy and legal framework for the re-use of public sector …