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OS VectorMap District

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When you need a versatile, customisable backdrop map on which to pinpoint particular locations, show boundaries and shaded-in areas, OS VectorMap District is for you – and it's completely free.

OS VectorMap District

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OS VectorMap District

Benefits and key features

  • Visualise patterns easily in your data displayed on the map.
  • Present town-level development proposals, such as the route of a new road or footprint of a housing estate, clearly to the public and other stakeholders.
  • Shows enough detail to provide geographical context, yet avoids the visual clutter that could obscure your data overlay.
  • Works well with datasets freely available from data.gov.uk and many other sources.

Should you need a customisable backdrop map that shows more detail, we recommend OS VectorMap Local.

    An OS OpenData product

    OS VectorMap District is FREE to view, download and use for commercial, educational and personal purposes.

    An OS OpenData product

    Useful detail

    Includes buildings, roads, railways, rivers and forests, plus administrative boundaries, place names and symbols.

    Useful detail

    Your choice of format

    Available as both pre-styled static images (raster data) and points, lines and polygons (vector data) that you can customise.

    Your choice of format

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    Specifications

    FormatVectorESRI® Shapefile interchange format
    GML 3.2 Simple Features (Vector)
    Raster

    GeoTIFF with LZW compression
    (backdrop colour and full-colour options available)

    Tile size100km x 100kmShape
    GML20km x 20km
    GeoTIFF10km x 10km
    AttributesVectorThematic layers, including settlements, named places, roads, woodland and administrative boundaries.
    RasterPredefined output
    Scale1:15 000 to 1:30 000
    Update frequencyTwice a year, in March and September
    SupplyOnline download or DVD
    CoverageGreat Britain

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