Tuesday, November 24, 2009

OS data to go online for free?

BBC news online is carrying an article suggesting that the Government will be making Ordnance Survey (OS) map data freely available to all from 2010. It’s not entirely clear what this will mean in practice, but the initiative seems to be driven by a desire to make small-area non-personal data on a variety of subjects available free in a raw form. The OS move will help people to interpret public statistics about issues such as crime, health and education by postcode, local authority or electoral boundary.