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Satellites, sensors and savings - the 2nd meeting of Defra's Data Programme Board

Defra's Programme Board Meeting for the second time.

As the new Director of Data, Knowledge and Innovation in the Environment Agency, I joined Defra's Data Programme Board meeting – chaired by Emily Miles – with colleagues from across Defra group for its second meeting on 19 October. I …

I wouldn't start from here: what if we didn't have INSPIRE?

INSPIRE feedback

In September I attended The 10th annual EU INSPIRE conference in Barcelona, with my colleague on the data programme, Jason King. INSPIRE is an EU framework Directive, incorporated into UK law since 2009, that covers the UK and the Devolved …

Worth a visit: modelling the positive impact of greenspaces with ORVal

The boathouse at Birkenhead Park

The mob cheers as, in an empty grid square, a small park opens. Property prices in the area begin to rise; soon, a new demographic moves in. The recognisable shift towards gentrification. A familiar reality. And one that will soon …

Earth Observation for plant and animal health and welfare: innovation workshop

Last week ( 5 October) the Defra Earth Observation Centre of Excellence (EO-CoE) held its first innovation workshop. This event was a direct follow up from the high priority areas identified at the Earth Observation and Open Data Showcase that …

Technology, innovation and data: helping us protect the environment and respond to flooding

Environment agency officer and resident

The technology revolution is also a data revolution!  In less than ten years there has been an explosion of new mobile devices, which has increased everyone’s capacity to consume data on the go.