Why the Spatial Hub?
Scottish local government creates masses of data in the course of providing public services and delivering Scottish Government policy. Most of this data is collected for a single purpose, with no standardisation or thought about how it could be better used, especially for differing purposes.
The Spatial Hub copies the blueprint and successes of the One Scotland Gazetteer, bringing much of this important and valuable local government (and National Park authority) data together to make it more useful, accessible and valuable to the entire data community - for whatever the purpose.
The national datasets that we publish are a pragmatic, consistent and up-to-date representation of what is going on across the whole country.
We believe that, as the perception and usage of these datasets increase, so should standards around them and their quality.
How does it work?
We rely on local authority data experts providing us with their data, through the Spatial Hub UPLOAD DATA page. We then transform and process the data at regular intervals, making it available through our GET DATA pages.
The data publication standards that we have adopted (including metadata records on the Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure and web services) help Scottish local authorities meet their legal EU INSPIRE obligations. For more details go to the ABOUT page.
Who can access the Spatial Hub?
- the public sector (as part of the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement terms) via organisational 'authentication keys'
- the academic and research sectors (through a partnership agreement with University of Edinburgh's EDINA) via theDigiMap service
However, we are constantly looking at other options for making the data accessible to others in the data community.
What about other data and plans for the future?
The Spatial Hub can be used to collect and publish non-spatial data, as well as data from non-local government. Indeed, we recently signed a reciprocal data sharing agreement with SGN, enabling their gas network data to be shared with local government through the Spatial Hub (and vice versa). As we improve the processes, resourcing and awareness of the Spatial Hub, we hope to be able to host many more useful and valuable datasets in better and more interoperable ways.
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