OS Locator™ is a fully searchable national gazetteer of road names. It allows the identification of specific locations by a number of criteria including locality, settlement, local authority and county.
- Mid. scale - regional
- Names and gazetteers
OS Locator is used by utility companies for service planning and provision and within the emergency response service to locate where callers are based. Although OS Locator does not contain any road geometry, (it is a point-based gazetteer of road names), it does contain coordinates which creates a minimum bounding rectangle encompassing the extent of the road referenced in the gazetteer.
OS Locator has been designed to allow users to refine searches of road names or numbers by providing additional reference to localities and recognised geographies such as local authority and county. This is essential to overcome the ambiguities associated with quick identification of precise locations based solely on road names or numbers. For example, the name ‘High Street’ is repeated hundreds of times throughout the country, whilst many roads extend for several kilometres without a change to either road name or number.
The product is free to view, download and use under OS OpenData™ terms.