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A million streets, four million holes in them: why not coordinate it?

In today’s Guardian Technology, Roadworks database is caught in a jam looks at the problems in putting together a database of where pipes and other near-ground objects are- which would be useful to utilities planning digs.

Is the roadblock secrecy? No. In the end it comes down to the problem of developing standards, and of organisations wrangling over intellectual property that they believe resides in knowing the location of those pipes. Put like that, does it make sense?

Even so, the problem of the NSAI (National Spatial Address Infrastructure) are key in causing the difficulties here.

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