The role of geospatial data in UK third sector service provision

James Bowles
This paper presents early findings on the use of geospatial data and GIS techniques by third sector organisations in the UK. It seeks to explore the organisational aims which necessitate the use of geospatial data and methods used and develop a typology of common use. The first 11 cases are summarised, with notable uses of geospatial data including: land ownership data for community housebuilding, crowdsourced data on environmental issues, and the use of natural language processing to bypass the ‘HQ location’ problem. Comments are invited for future directions for the research and paper.

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