Getmapping hosts and serves data to over 800 PSMA members including Central Government, Local Authorities and National Parks. But what exactly is the PSMA and how do members use the data?
What is the PSMA?
The Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) began on 1 April 2011 and gives public sector organisations in England and Wales access to Ordnance Survey mapping products and geographical data. There are over 4,000 public sector organisations registered for the PSMA, including central government customers, local councils, NHS organisations and emergency service customers.
What data is included within the agreement?
The PSMA includes a range of premium mapping datasets from large-scale topographic data to a database of 30 million residential addresses. Members of the agreement can also access road and highway data, water network information and a selection of flexible vector mapping products ideal for web and mobile applications.
How does Getmapping deliver PSMA data to end users?
Getmapping has been providing Managed Data Services for over 10 years and we are known in the industry as having a reputation for delivering a fast and reliable service. Data sets, including those covered by the PSMA, are hosted and streamed from our protected data centres and over 800 public sector organisations members receive PSMA data in a quick and robust way through our WMS and WFS feeds.
Available via a subscription, our feeds are also easy to implement, OGC compliant and compatible with the majority of GIS software and web interfaces. As we manage all updates members own internal resource is used more efficiently. And as updates are fully maintained on the Ordnance Survey update cycles end users are always working with the most current data sets available.
How do Public Sector bodies use the data?
A recent study by the PSMA identified the 15 most popular uses:
- Civil contingency or emergency planning and response
- Fraud prevention/analysis/detection
- Highways – maintain, plan and build
- Identifying future needs for schools
- Local transport services
- Location of winter grit bins
- Protection and conservation
- Public sector estate rationalisation
- Regeneration – urban & rural
- School and special educational needs transport
- Service demand management and future planning
- Siting public services/enabling access
- Statutory consultee planning obligations
- Transforming citizen engagement
- Waste collection and recycling
How much budget do members save by utilising PSMA data?
The recent research showed that local authorities, police forces and fire services are already saving over £125 million every year and that further headroom for efficiency gains exist, for instance, if the majority of local authorities and emergency services were to implement just the 15 most popular PSMA-based applications, savings would rise to over £0.5 billion each year.
How much could you save?
I recently attended the PSMA Annual user conference and spent a lot of time discussing with members how they manage access to PSMA data and what they use it for. Whilst subscriptions to PSMA data feeds are becoming increasingly popular due to the ease of implementation, instant access to accurate and up to date data and the usability of the data sets themselves within GIS platforms, many public sector bodies are only just getting to grips with the opportunities that live streamed PSMA data can offer. It will be interesting to see further innovative uses of geographical data across the Public Sector and the measurement of resource efficiencies being delivered.