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Ed Parsons blogs his thoughts on the RSA debate

There’s a very interesting post on the blog of Ed Parsons (he’s the chief technology officer at Ordnance Survey) about his view of the debate on Monday evening. Worth reading in its entirety; this part in particular stuck out for me.

  • RSA debate – my thoughts..
    in all countries, the funding of geographic information is never high on any politicians agenda, look at the chronic underfunding of the USGS for example. This is not the case interestingly I would suggest for statistical information, which perhaps more directly is seen to drive policy ?

My question would be, how do we get government to realise that geographical information drives policy in a million tiny but essential ways?

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