Consultation on making Ordnance Survey mapping data freely available

Person from Ordnance Survey submitting geographic data on a handheld computer

Ian Austin, Regional Minister for the West Midlands and Communities Minister, outlined proposals at the end of December 2009 on how to make Ordnance  Survey mapping data freely available, so that the data can be re-used in innovative applications and products.

Communities and Local Government launched a consultation on 23 December 2009, Policy options for geographic information from Ordnance Survey, on which Ordnance Survey datasets can be made freely available to support digital innovation and democratic accountability.

You can view the consultation PDF here or use this online form to tell the government what you think.

The deadline for consultation responses is 17 March 2010.

OS data is used heavily here in the Observatory and by partner organisations. It’d be interesting to hear what you think and the issues you’re feeding back in the consultation. Do let us know in the comments.

2 Responses

  1. Corinne Pritchard has explained what the Ordnance Survey consultation means in plain English:

    http://www.simplyunderstand.com/2010/02/ordnance-survey-sneak-preview.html

  2. Only a couple of days left to submit your responses. The consultation closes on Wednesday, 17th March 2010.

    http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/ordnancesurveyconsultation

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