The same applies to Denmark’s public sector; where data about various themes ranging from excavations to climate and infrastructure helps us understand and monitor how our society is evolving, and how we can adapt in order to benefit citizens and businesses.
Location is the key
In the past, geodata was collected specifically in order to create maps used in the defence sector and in public administration. Prior to the existence of modern data technology, how did we know where forests and wetlands were located? Where were the Danish territorial boundaries drawn? What did the terrain look like from a military perspective? Until around 1960, in order to map the country, people had to put on their hiking boots, go into the fields and carry out measurements with hand-held equipment.
Today, we can collect and manage national data in much more efficient ways, and we can use the information gathered to do much more. At the Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency we work to make sure that society makes the best use of the potential benefits provided by with quality data.
Using geographical locations as our universal key, we can open even the most difficult data gates and combine data sets from multiple sectors. This allows data from completely different areas of the public sector to function together. In this way, the public sector provides citizens with faster and more streamlined services.
More people are using data than ever before
Data has become an essential element in creating a strategic foundation for decision making. In Denmark, it has become a lot easier for everyone to use data from the public sector. Since January 1st 2013, basic data has been freely available to everyone in the public and private sectors. SDFE makes it easier for people to discover and combine the available data they need.
Our data distribution channels, such as the the Data Distribution Platform, the Danish Map Supply - as well as The Danish Register of Underground Cable Owners make it possible for both the public and private sector to use data to support their work or create entirely new business opportunities. This expansion is reflected by a large growth rate in amount of users. Today, more than 60.000 individuals and companies use our infrastructure for access to public data to create value and growth throughout society; before 2013, that number was 500.
New technology makes our knowledge more precise
The professional tradition that started with land surveying is now a digitalised process, thanks to continuous technological progress. Satellites and GPS systems have optimised the data collection process, making it more efficient. This means that we can do the same amount of work in much less time. With the new technology that is available and the more intelligent way we manage data, more tasks can be completed with fewer hands. This frees up resources which can be used to create value elsewhere in our society. This is the key to efficiency.
Today, we find ourselves in the decade of data, which will play an even bigger role in the future, helping us on our journey towards a more intelligent society. In Finland, self-driven wood-cutting vehicles are already in use, and data is part of the driving force. Before long, Danes will be able to sit in self-driven cars and let themselves be transported by means of positioning data provided by the Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency.
New potential areas of use will continue to emerge as growth opportunities. This is why we consider it our most prestigious task to make sure that data is available and can be used to support more business areas and administration processes; just as history has shown that data has supported our societal development until now.