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UK: Proposals for accessibility to Ordnance Survey data

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13 January 2010
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13 January 2010
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On 23 December 2009 the Communities Minister of UK, Ian Austin, has outlined proposals regarding the enhancement of the public's accessibility to Ordnance Survey mapping data from 2010.

As part of the Smarter Government and 'Making Public Data Public' initiative, the Prime Minister and the Communities Secretary, John Denham, have previously announced the move to free up data, aiming thus to improve transparency.

In December 2009 the Communities and Local Government have launched a consultation according to which the Ordnance Survey datasets can be made freely available to support digital innovation and democratic accountability.

The proposals aim to harness the world-class expertise that Ordnance Survey, a Government Department with Executive Agency and Trading Fund status, has in the production, maintenance and application of high-quality geospatial information. The deadline for responses is 17 March 2010. Government Departments and agencies will contribute to the costs of these proposals in order to ensure that the changes are fiscally neutral and Ordnance Survey will have a sustainable funding mechanism to ensure the on-going quality of its data.

The possible range of products under consideration for release as part of the 'Ordnance Survey Free' includes:

  • 'Raster' products that will enable developers to produce an application that overlays their information on a map and to zoom-in from a national view down to the street level;
  • Definitive gazetteer, boundary and postcode information that will enable widespread use of these commonly used geographies and act as a link between other government data sets which reference the same geography;
  • Small-scale vector mapping products which would enable developers to link between boundary, postcode and mapping data.

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