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The version of gvSIG that I have on my Android tablet will load OS OpenSpace layers and I wonder whether or not it would be possible for QGIS desktop to do the same? And if so, how? I have my own OpenSpace API key.

This appears to be the (long) line in gvSIG's 'layers.txt' file that does the job of fetching the layers:

101|Ordnance Survey (UK) OpenSpace;6[>],http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/ts?FORMAT=image/png&KEY=#KEY#&URL=#URL#,image/png,11,0,200,0.0,0.0,0.0,0.0,1000000.0,1000000.0,EPSG:27700,2500.0:1000.0:500.0:200.0:100.0:50.0:25.0:10.0:5.0:4.0:2.0:1.0, ,1.1.1,88013ECD7A8F379FE0405F0ACA607F60:8824326E25F94E17E0405F0AC86047BC,http://www.prodevelop.es/maps/map.htm|http://www.gvsigmini.org/maps/map.htm

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You can download the Shapefile versions (March 2011) from parlvid.mysociety.org:81/os which load straight into Quantum GIS. –  Mapperz Apr 20 '12 at 13:16
    
Ah yes, but this is OS OpenData, I was hoping to find a way of loading OpenSpace layers. OpenSpace includes 1:50,000 Landranger mapping. Someone has produced a KML file that will overlay OpenSpace layers on Google Earth and it would be useful to be able to do the same thing in QGIS. Get osmaps.kml from here: brock-family.org/gavin/google-earth/osmaps.html. Nick. –  nhopton Apr 20 '12 at 14:54
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Okay you can use the WMS service to get the tile and view in QGIS blog.geo-tag.info/2009/11/29/… - more back ground Gavin issues with the OS here mapperz.blogspot.com/2009/05/… –  Mapperz Apr 20 '12 at 15:23
    
Oh yes, thanks for the link, I'll let you know how I get on with this. Regarding Gavin, the OS have absolute control over what he does and they don't object. In fact, they've increased his tile limit to cater for the extra demand. Nick. –  nhopton Apr 20 '12 at 18:26
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There is a similar question here: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/65244/… –  Brylie Oxley Apr 25 at 8:44
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I'm not an OpenSpace user and only dabble in QGIS but this Question has a lot of upvotes and to me if gvSIG can load (= display) via the OS OpenSpace API then it would seem that QGIS should be able to as well.

However, a 50 point bounty failed to uncover an Answer indicating that so my assumption now is that QGIS cannot.

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I still believe it can be done. Your bounty expires in very soon and when this happens I'll start another one running with 500 reps. –  nhopton Jun 21 at 8:35
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