Learning how crowdsourcing data could change the geospatial sector


The Geospatial Commission will invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. These will use crowdsourcing to create, update and maintain information related to geographic location, to make it more useful.

Your proposal must focus on improving one of the following:

  • the delivery of public services at local authority level
  • social or environmental outcomes by working with third sector organisations
  • existing public sector open datasets

Your proposal must demonstrate how your project will have benefits, in either scope or scale, beyond the initial funding phase.

Your project must involve the owner or curator of any existing dataset you are using. We encourage innovative and ambitious partnerships.

If your project’s total costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, email support@innovateuk.ukri.org at least 10 days before the competition closes. Include the words “crowdsourcing of geospatial data” in the email subject.

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Total eligible project costs can be between £50,000 and £750,000. Costs upto £1 million may be considered for applications of exceptional quality. Projects can last up to 10 months and must end by 31 March 2020. The earliest start date would be June 2019.

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