Three steps away from execution

Press releases like this annoy me. Ordnance Survey have commissioned some consultants to assist someone else to create a strategy, advise government, encourage more effective, extensive and systematic use of Geographic Information, facilitate a coordinated position on potential legislation, and promote a coherent approach, taking in a wide range of stakeholder views. Very little actual ‘doing’, apparently.

Leaving aside whether this justified a press release (clue: no), we are at least three steps away from any tangible results. And how long will it take to make those three steps – months? years? In the meantime, Google Maps gets up and running, and Ordnance Survey gets left behind. I’m currently working on a (rather neat) map ‘mashup’ using some government data. Guess which I’m using: Google Maps, or Ordnance Survey?