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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
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
blog.geo-tag.info/2009/11/29/… is a very helpful link, for which thanks. Now, as I understand it, I have to do the other half of the job and put together a GDAL web map service XML file. This is well outside of my limited sphere of competence and any pointers would be appreciated. Nick. –  nhopton Apr 23 '12 at 8:06
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