UK to launch a world-leading digital map as open data

21
Feb

Ordnance Survey is announcing it will launch a world-leading digital map as open data and create an engagement hub in London.

To coincide with International Open Data Day, when countries across the globe will show their support for open data policies, Ordnance Survey (OS) is announcing it will launch a world-leading digital map as open data and create an engagement hub in London.

This consolidates the UK’s reputation as the most advanced country in the world on open data, as recognised by World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee last month. It will generate opportunities for enterprise, drive innovation in the digital economy, increase demand for new apps and services and help data-driven businesses to grow.

Today’s (21 February 2015) announcements from the government’s mapping service are underpinned by a more liberalised approach to licensing designed to maximise the benefits of the UK’s most valuable data.

This weekend OS will support the UK’s first ever Open Data Camp in Hampshire. Two hundred developers, innovators and entrepreneurs will have a first chance to trial some of the new data to create fresh insights and innovative products and services.

OS OpenMap, which will be available at the end of March 2015, has been designed to work with the latest mobile and web platforms and will allow developers to build new products incorporating some of the most sophisticated mapping data in the world. It will also enhance the wide range of existing apps that use geospatial data.

Targeted at both public sector and commercial users, the map provides an enhanced level of building detail, extended naming of roads and identifies sites such as hospitals and schools – all in a customisable and easy to style format.

Continue to the full press release…

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