Ordance Survey maps become open government data

Ordnance Survey has today become the first high-profile public body to implement the Open Government Licence for its mapping data.

The change means that data from Ordnance Survey’s OpenData site is now available on the same terms and conditions as other free government data.

As part of a commitment to greater transparency, designers and engineers wishing to use government data to create new applications will no longer need to formally apply for permission.

Paul Beauchamp from the OS said: ‘We hope that with this reassurance and consistency we’ll see even more people using data from across government to build exciting and innovative applications underpinned by geography.’

Ordnance Survey has been measuring and drawing the UK landscape since the eighteenth century. In 1995 it digitised the last of around 230,000 maps, making Britain the first country in the world to complete a programme of large-scale electronic mapping.