Ordnance Survey Maps to go FREE Online
Ordnance Survey Maps [and Data] to go FREE Online by April 2010.
updated: 18th November 2009.
News coverage on this story
Ed Parsons (former CTO at OS now Geospatial Technologist at Google)
Groundbreaking News this is amazing turn-around for UK Government Geo-Spatial Datasets.
Thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee (& inventing the World Wide Web)
"The government is to explore ways of making all Ordnance Survey maps freely available online from April"
Today's announcement will be followed by a speech, due next week by the chief secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, explaining how the freeing up of data, alongside the scaling back of other functions of central government, could lead to a "smarter state".
1:10,000 Raster Maps might be available for all in April 2010....
image source for illustration only.
This is likely to include Flood Mapping Data, 1:10,000 data [Vector & Raster Datasets], Highways Agency Traffic Data and much more.
reports are conflicting whether 1:25,000 data will be freed (to be confirmed)
"sets of public data currently not freely available include wills dating back to 1858, house values recorded in the Land Registry, maps, and flood-risk data for individual homes"
***More important is vector data as users can create thier own maps/styles with it.
Will be interesting to know the re-licencing of these products and deriving from such sources conflicts with crown copyright.
The online maps would be free to all, including commercial users who, previously, had to acquire expensive and restrictive licences at £5,000 per usage, a fee many entrepreneurs felt was too high.
Noted on the Guardian:
Today the union representing staff at the OS stated that Brown's pledge was in "complete contradiction with the OS's own plans to explore commercial opportunities and find new ways of raising revenue".
(and thanks for running the Free Our Data Campaign over the years)