[Talk-GB] Ordnance Survey

Andy Robinson (blackadder-lists) ajrlists at googlemail.com
Wed Mar 31 22:09:02 BST 2010


Slap on the back all round I think. I'll raise a glass at the Brum social
tomorrow night :-)

Cheers

Andy

>-----Original Message-----
>From: talk-gb-bounces at openstreetmap.org [mailto:talk-gb-
>bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Richard Fairhurst
>Sent: 31 March 2010 9:36 PM
>To: talk at openstreetmap.org; talk-gb OSM List (E-mail)
>Subject: [Talk-GB] Ordnance Survey
>
>For those who don't live on Twitter:
>
>The UK Government has just announced its decision on freeing Ordnance
>Survey data. Full document is at
>http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/corporate/pdf/1528263.pdf
>
>Quick summary of what'll be released:
>
>- medium-resolution vector data (Meridian2), includes street geometries
>and names though the curves are a bit angular: see
>http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/products/meridian2/
>- another new vector dataset called OS VectorMap District, scope as yet
>unknown
>- StreetView raster data (includes street names, building outlines)
>- postcodes, though with points ("unit centres") not areas (Code-Point
>Open)
>- administrative boundaries (Boundary-Line)
>- gazetteer (OS Locator)
>- terrain data (Land-Form PANORAMA)
>- a couple of negligible very small-scale maps
>
>Contrary to original proposal, Landranger and Explorer rasters
>(1:25k/1:50k) will not be included.
>
>Data available tomorrow (Thursday) at
>http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendata .
>
>Licence will be "without restrictions on use and re-use". Original
>proposal was CC-BY. The response notes that several respondees (many of
>whom read this list, I suspect) suggested either pure PD or the ODC
>licences because of the database rights issue, but doesn't actually say
>what the licence will be.
>
>I'm sure there are a few other things we'd have liked to have seen
>(aerial imagery, for example) but on balance this is a great result IMO
>- and one that wouldn't have happened without OSM.
>
>Suggest follow-ups to talk-gb.
>
>cheers
>Richard
>
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