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February 13th, 2008
Ordnance Survey Celebrates Industry Praise for Data Management

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PR – The national mapping agency’s data
production management methodology, termed Production Partnership Management
(PPM), is being put forward for inclusion in the body of ISO documents
supporting geographic information.

It follows a workshop involving organisations
from across the geographic information industry in Europe and Asia.
The event was sponsored by EuroGeographics, EuroSDR, FIG and the Association
for Geographic Information. Attendance was high with representation from both
private survey companies and national mapping organisations.

The event, held at Ordnance Survey’s Southampton head office, focused on the benefits of
“production partnerships” as well as the development needed to move
forward towards a standard. PPM was born from an Ordnance Survey local
accreditation process that ensures that the value to the customer and the
production process "fitness for purpose" is transparent and monitored
from the inception through to delivery. Key to the process is the collaborative
approach of the parties involved in production, thus ensuring a win/win

Delegates agreed that Ordnance Survey’s
approach to production management should be submitted to the International
Standards Organisation. Building on the cooperation established at the
workshop, the next step is to gain the required support for the submission to
the technical committee (TC 211) and to redraft the proposal using the feedback
collected at the event.

"We aspire to be world‑class across
all of our activities," says Ordnance Survey’s Director of Data
Collection and Management, Neil Ackroyd.
“We believe that our production programme management principles can
benefit data providers and contractors on an international scale."

For more information on PPM, including an
early draft of the proposed document presented at the workshop, please go to
EuroSDR workshop website:

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