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.

Government ensures free access to some Ordnance Survey maps

Gordon Brown, Liam Byrne and Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the Smarter Government seminar at Downing Street, 17th November 2009

Gordon Brown, Liam Byrne and Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the Smarter Government seminar at Downing Street, 17th November 2009

Photo of Smarter Government seminar by Downing Street

Some Ordnance Survey maps are to be made available to businesses and the public, as part of the Government’s drive to open up data to improve transparency.

Speaking at a seminar yesterday on Smarter Government in Downing Street, attended by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt, the Prime Minister and Communities Secretary John Denham set out how the Government and Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency, will open up its data relating to electoral and local authority boundaries, postcode areas and mid scale mapping information.

This data would be released for free re-use, including commercially.

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Google and Ordnance Survey come to Birmingham

Ordnance Survey and Google logosA number of Regional Data & Intelligence Network members have raised concerns about changes to Ordnance Survey’s (OS) terms and conditions, which will limit the sharing of data derived from OS mapping products.

We’ve just been informed of an event being run by The Map Info User group for the UK and Ireland (MUGUKI) next week, to discuss this very issue with representatives from Ordnance Survey and Google.

When? Thursday 12th March 1:30pm to 4pm

Where? The Holiday Inn, Birmingham City Centre, Smallbrook, Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EW

How much? Non Members (of MUGUKI) – £25 each. Members (of MUGUKI) – Free, with up to 1 guest.

Agenda and booking: Read the agenda and book a place at the event