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Media: why Norwich Union had to map the UK all over again

In today’s Guardian, Why a £5m mapping project had to double up on data explained why the restrictive data practices of the Environment Agency and Ordnance Survey cost Norwich Union £5m when it decided to draw up a map to assess flood risks a few years ago.

Did the Environment Agency have the data Norwich Union needed? It did. Would it make it available? Ah, that’s a different question. Which meant that Norwich Union spent £5m (which has to come out of its customers’ pockets, in the end) to create a brand new flood map – essentially duplicating the work that already existed.

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