Recommendation 2

Recommendation 2: Make location information policy integral to, and aligned with, wider data policy at all levels of government


  • Location information is key public data and much public policy has a location context
  • Location information has particular requirements that need to be considered in formulating wider data policy
  • It is important to avoid contradictions between location information policy and broader data policy
  • Authentic location data is costly to maintain and this needs to be recognised in wider data policy decision making
  • A connected strategic approach will help align implementation actions for mutual benefit
  • Public-private partnerships and crowdsourcing of data can support sustainability and reliability goals and ensure real needs are met


  • When developing the approach to ensure consistency and alignment between location policy and wider data policy, include key topics such as data sharing, open data, authentic data, data licensing (including reuse), IPR, privacy, data protection and the ethical and professional handling of data
  • Ensure that location information is a prominent feature of policies and actions in areas where it can make an important contribution, e.g. open data, authentic data, data licensing and re-use
  • Location information plays a significant part of the European data infrastructure envisaged using Cloud services and supporting the goals of the Digital Single Market Strategy
  • There is a common data governance approach for all public sector data, determining how data are collected, managed, used and made available by public authorities
  • Location information stakeholders are involved in the development of broader data policy and vice versa
  • The role of public-private partnerships and crowdsourced data is determined and applied consistently across all data policy (including location data policy)
  • There is a clear and agreed allocation of tasks and responsibilities between the different parties involved in general data policy and location information policy


  • Lack of understanding of the specifics of location information by general data policy makers
  • Data policy fails to take into account the cost of collecting and making available location data of sufficient quality
  • Location policy continues to be seen as “special” and fails to align with wider data policy where it is feasible to do so

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Nature of documentation: Technical report


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