William Eichler 09 April 2019

Over £1m awarded to ‘innovative data projects’

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The winners of a competition designed to find the most innovative data projects out there will receive a share of a £1.5m fund, the Cabinet Office has announced.

In November, the minister for implementation, Oliver Dowden, announced a competition to help organisations find innovative ways to use crowdsourcing and location-based data.

Among the 10 winning schemes are a Scottish project called Communitree which collects data on trees from across the UK to create a publicly-accessible database.

There is also a London-based project to help cyclists find the safest routes around busy cities and a project to create an indoor mapping system to help people find their way around complex public buildings.

‘We are investing in location-based data technology to improve public services and the way people experience them,’ said Mr Dowden.

‘I’m delighted to see such innovative ideas come forward, which will help people in their everyday lives and keep the UK at the forefront of this exciting new technology.’

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