It’s one year to the day that we launched OS OpenData and made a range of mapping data and administrative geography available for free for the first time.
You can read our news release to get our take on the past 12 months, but I really wanted to know what you think. Has OS OpenData lived up the hype? Are you using it, and if so what for? We’ve shared some of the applications we’ve come across on the blog, like the award winning DataTap, but what impact do you think it’s had?
To get the ball rolling, I asked a few people in and around the world of geo to share their thoughts on what has been a pretty interesting year…
Chris Holcroft, Director and Chief Executive of AGI:
“The launch of OS OpenData was a big shift in Ordnance Survey digital data supply and a positive one. Stimulated by significant changes in public data policy, it was a reflection of how Ordnance Survey evolves to serve the world within it operates. A far greater community of innovators and users can now access, exploit and benefit from geographic information output from the National Mapping Agency.
“Can I put figures to any economic stimulus and innovation this has created? At this point, no. That said, I’ve met many organisations, some outside the traditional heartland of GI, now positively taking the opportunity to use Ordnance Survey data for the first time.
“We will look to the next 12 months to see how the story develops.”