The Ordnance Survey charges a lot for most data, so what are the other options?



(The GeoInformation Group )

Has created Large Scale Data (1:1000)

UKMap's is more flexible licensing to Ordnance Survey

UKMap offers users the rights to retain any derived data they may create through using UKMap so increasing corporate assets and reducing investment costs.

Share derived data and UKMap data with partners, sub contractors and consultants through simple licensing options.

UKMap includes data layers that you would normally pay extra for: Addresses, Points of interest, BLPUs, Aerial photography,Terrain, Land Use, 3D buildings

*Note: Not all of the UK is currently covered , Most major cities are.

  • hopefuly they will expand to cover all of the uk – Ian Sep 15 '10 at 9:31

OS has started an open source effort called OS OpenData which provides a number of 'open' datasets.

The lack of publicly available UK data was part of the impetus for OpenStreetMap (OSM). Cloudmade has some easy-to-use extracted data, and other download options via Planet.osm.


You could try MapMechanics - I have used them in the past for slightly cheaper data, and I seem to remember the used other providers such as NAVTEQ, rather than simply reselling OS data. They do provide simple prices for regions etc., which enable you to calculate the cost more easily.


There's a number of different digital mapping products available from Landmark

  • "Current and historical digital Ordnance Survey mapping for the whole of Great Britain." Do they just resell OS and GeoInformation Group data? – Mr_Chimp Aug 2 '11 at 14:29

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