Ordnance Survey offers free data access

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Señor Chris, Apr 1, 2010.

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    Andy Key, Apr 1, 2010
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    Graham SK8 Guest

    You need to register for a free key, that gives you:

    ...40 000 tiles of mapping data in a 24-hour period.
    ...1 000 Place name look-ups (Gazetteer service) in a 24-hour period
    ...1 000 Postcode look-ups in a 24-hour period
    ...1 000 Boundary Look-Ups in a 24 hour period

    I guess openish would be a newspeak description?
    Graham SK8, Apr 1, 2010
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    Mike Causer Guest

    Provided the only access to it is through a publicly available web site
    whose URL you must provide at registration, and access is only via
    their Javascript API. Any data you add that depends on their
    geographic data becomes theirs, & so on.

    I need to draw some free-of-restriction cycling maps for local
    print publication. This "open" O.S. data doesn't help at all.

    Double-plus unopen?

    Mike Causer, Apr 1, 2010
  6. That's what OpenStreetMap is for.

    Brendan Halpin, Apr 1, 2010
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    Mike Causer Guest

    On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 17:32:44 +0100
    Yep. OSM is much more comprehensive than the last time I needed to do
    this, so I'd like to convert to it for all new work, and back-port the
    older N.T./Sustrans stuff eventually.

    Now all I have to do is find out just why OSM's export produces broken
    SVG files and then I can import straight into Inkscape to add the stuff
    I want...

    Mike Causer, Apr 1, 2010
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    wafflycat Guest

    According to the OS person on the Radio 4 news this evening, it doesn't
    include the Landranger or Explorer maps, so not ideal from a walking/cycling
    POV. It seems it's more the data sets behind the maps and with more emphasis
    on urban rather than rural locations, and it's aimed at utilising stuff such
    as post code data, parish data, that sort of thing.
    wafflycat, Apr 1, 2010
  9. Apprently it includes (or will include) the following data sets

    OS Street View, 1:50,000 Gazetteer, 1:250,000 Raster, OS Locator,
    Boundary Line, Code-Point Open, Meridian 2, Strategi, MiniScale
    Land-Form PANORAMA (basically a height map of the UK) and finally
    OS VectorMap District (which will be available in May 2010).
    The VectorMap District and height database sounds as though it could be
    useful too - although they are definitely not an end user map and
    designed for devlopers.
    Andy Leighton, Apr 2, 2010
  10. That's just because their servers are overloaded.

    This genuinely is open data. It's not absolutely top quality but it's
    open with minimal restrictions - well done to OS and DCLG.

    Mirror here: http://parlvid.mysociety.org:81/os/
    Tutorial on using Meridian 2: http://www.systemed.net/blog/?p=182
    Some discussion: http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk-gb/2010-April/date.html

    Richard Fairhurst, Apr 2, 2010
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    Simon Brooke Guest

    The vector maps are exactly what we need - the raster maps are more or
    less useless, because they offer nothing that the printed paper they
    replace does not. Don't worry about the fact that you need a renderer to
    make the vector map useful - commercial and open source renderers will
    rapidly appear. And because the renderers can be special purpose, they
    can be adapted to highlight exactly the things that a cyclist (or a
    walker, or a mountaineer, or...) needs.

    If the vector data genuinely is open - which you'll remember is what my
    response to the consultation document argued for - that's extremely good
    Simon Brooke, Apr 2, 2010
  12. I take one as a backup on Audaxen - 1:50,000 is too small and you have to
    bring lots of them. In the country, they are just as good.
    David Damerell, Apr 9, 2010
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