A report commissioned by Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) estimates the geospatial information industry contributed E69.3m to the Irish economy in 2012. In addition:
the use of geospatial information accrues annual savings of E82m in the public sector, time savings with an economic value of E279m, and competition benefits of E104m.
This is the first time the value of geospatial has been quanitified for Ireland and it puts the country on the fast lane as it further develops its government geospatial technology use. Says OSi Chief Executive Colin Bray:
Of particular significance are the efficiencies and savings geospatial information can provide for the public sector. This is important in the context of the Government's Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2015 which refers to an intention to improve public services through more efficient usage of geospatial information.
- Full report (pdf)