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Free maps from Ordnance Survey at last

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6y, 8m agoFound 6 years, 8 months ago
Mapping agency Ordnance Survey (OS) has launched a service offering free and unrestricted access to most of its map data.

After months of public consultation, OS OpenData was launched on 1 April by Communities Secretary John Denham.

He said he hoped it would attract "a new wave of entrepreneurs" to reuse the data in innovative ways.

However Ramblers, the walkers group, has expressed disappointment that OS' paper maps have not been included.

"We are very disappointed that the walkers maps have been left out of it," said a spokesperson from the group.

The group had lobbied for the inclusion of the paper map ranges - called Explorer and Landranger - during the consultation, he added.

The maps retail for up to £15 in shops and walkers describe them as essential guides.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8597779.stm
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#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8597779.stm - BBC story

Site's more or less unusable at the moment - surprise, surprise.
#2
Yes - I had seen the news on this but cannot get on to the site at present - let's hope they get this sorted out ...
#3
Despite not all types of map available (anyone would think OS need some sort of funding to pay staff, blah blah) this is hot and could lead to some interesting stuff being developed.
#4
Newbold
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8597779.stm - BBC story

Site's more or less unusable at the moment - surprise, surprise.


Strange controls, doesnt make much sense!
#5
Asks you to enter a post code or place name, then gives you back a 404. :x
Makes you want to launch some ordnance up their surveys.

Come back when they do it properly?
#6
Is this not just making the maps free to commercial companies, not the general public?
#7
Site works fine for me. Interesting development.
#8
Working fine now :)
#9
Sweet! Works for me. And free downloads of maps too :-)
#10
There doesn't seem to be any 1:50k or 25k maps available online, so no footpath data. Multimap and Where's The Path are still best for this
#11
where are the free ones...all the ones i found you have to pay for
#12
Have some H&R
Order a DVD of Maps
#13
Nice, but will it compete with the others available for free. At this stage - doubtful. They're missing some major footpaths on my local area, and the P.O is where it used to be (despite being moved over a year ago - if not 2) so it hasn't been updated in a while. This company used to be the best - but I feel they're falling behind with the times.

What I have found useful was the A-Z company. They're pretty much on par with revisions of maps, and their DVD they sold of London was pretty detailed (even up to the closest zoom). Couple that with the route planning software, you could pretty much plan a route out beforehand, or during travel (providing you have a laptop).
#14
Thanks, will come in handy on camping trips
#15
SamuraiHQ
This company used to be the best - but I feel they're falling behind with the times.

Still streets ahead (pun intended) IMO, but I guess it depends what you use the data for.
banned#16
Old hat - who needs O.S. now -

what with Google Earth.....
#17
How old is the data? It says there is a post office at the end of my street which has not been threre for over 25 years
#18
It hasn't even got my street name! Just a blank bit of road. Nice.
#19
My friends and I are just about to launch a map-based project and were looking for a suitable source. But these OS maps are so out-of-date they would discredit most any project. For example, a synagogue is marked nearby but became a block of flats about 20 years ago and Government office marked nearby on the map closed 25 years ago. And this is quite central London!

This service was launched on the morning of April 1st, wasn't it?
#20
Is it possible to get the map full screen?
#21
no footpaths
/contours etc.
seems to zoom from 1,50,000 to 1,10,000
however good to be able to search by grid ref
reckons it needs a bit of work
#22
blahblahdoh
Asks you to enter a post code or place name, then gives you back a 404. :x
Makes you want to launch some ordnance up their surveys.

Come back when they do it properly?


Rofl... :w00t:
#23
This is a really huge deal for me. I am a geog teacher and good maps are so hard to come by and so expensive!
I can see a lot of DVD's heading my way very soon.

Huge thanks!
#24
j00n
This is a really huge deal for me. I am a geog teacher and good maps are so hard to come by and so expensive!
I can see a lot of DVD's heading my way very soon.

Huge thanks!


They are majorly out of date though!!! No good for teaching with at all!
#25
simate;8341711
They are majorly out of date though!!! No good for teaching with at all!


Out of date? In what way?
#26
Newbold
Out of date? In what way?


As in ... anachronistic, ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, bygone, dated, dead, dead and gone, dinosaur, discarded, disused, done for, dusty, extinct, fossil, gone, had it, has-been, horse and buggy, kaput, moldy, moth-eaten, obsolete, old, old-fashioned, old-hat, old-school, out-of-date, out-of-fashion, outmoded, outworn, passé, stale, superannuated, superseded, timeworn, unfashionable, worse for wear.

As I said, above, a synagogue is marked nearby me but became a block of flats about 20 years ago and Government office marked nearby on the map closed 25 years ago. And this is quite central London!

This service was launched on the morning of April 1st, wasn't it?
#27
Actually a lot of their maps are more up to date than google maps. So what if a synagogue is where it shouldnt be!
#28
mccririck
Actually a lot of their maps are more up to date than google maps. So what if a synagogue is where it shouldnt be!


Eh, correction. There isn't a synagogue where there should be one!

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