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Ed Parsons to leave Ordnance Survey: but why?

Ed Parsons, the go-ahead chief technology officer of Ordnance Survey, is to leave at the end of this month.

The reasons aren’t clear; there’s simply a posting on his blog which reads (in part, quoting the “agreed statement” that went out inside OS):

Ed Parsons is leaving his post as Chief Technology Officer of Ordnance Survey to pursue new challenges in the increasingly dynamic Geographic Information (GI) Industry.

Since his arrival in June 2001, Ed has developed Ordnance Survey’s IT strategy and has led OS Research labs. Ed has been instrumental in moving the organisation’s focus from mapping to the creation of geographic information.

Ed’s comment:

I am not is a position to add any more to this statement, but of course I am sorry to be leaving a great group of very committed GI professionals, the future for me is not completely clear at this point – but whatever it turns out to be, you will read it here as it happens !!

Odd that he would be leaving with no definite plans, but we’re sure that there are going to be plenty of companies looking to hire him – he’s got experience they’ll find invaluable.

Our take? The fact that he has his own blog shows he’s not your average member of a public sector organisation. We found him an interesting person who was certainly prepared to engage in the debate about free data and constantly looked for what the future holds in mapping. Who will succeed him, and will they bring that same drive to OS?

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