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OSMA licensing

The first OSMA agreement was introduced on 1 April 2010. With the introduction of the second OSMA on 1 April 2013, public sector organisations in Scotland who are members can benefit from access to improved services and a wider selection of Ordnance Survey digital map products.

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Get help on licensing under the OSMA agreement and see examples of licensing forms and guidance for specific scenarios and usage of digital map products.


One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA)

OSMA agreement

The OSMA agreement document contains the full terms of the agreement between Scottish Government and Ordnance Survey concerning the provision of mapping data to the public sector in Scotland.

OSMA Member Licence

OSMA Member Licence

This document sets out the terms of what you can and cannot do with the data you can get access and licence through the OSMA. If you wish to become an OSMA member, please check that you meet the eligibility criteria and read the licence before submitting your member licence application online.

Initial guidance about the OSMA Member Licence

For what purpose can OSMA products be used?

The OSMA Member Licence is a non-commercial licence that allows members to use Ordnance Survey digital map products for a specific purpose. This purpose is known as their 'core business'. For public sector organisations, this typically means the provision of their public sector services.

Under this definition, OSMA members are entitled to use data provided through the agreement for any purposes they consider they have to undertake to meet their public service delivery obligations. For example, this includes:

  • Creating and monitoring policy
  • Operational management of government
  • Delivering government business and public services
  • Making information available to the public
  • Performing any other function required by statute
  • Passing /sharing derived information and/or data to third parties (see below)

Can I share data with third parties?

Yes - As mentioned above, under certain circumstances, providing the appropriate licences are in place, Ordnance Survey data can be shared with third parties.
The next sections below outline how you can do this.
Please note that the OSMA member Licence does not apply to OS OpenData products, which have their own licence terms (which permit unlimited reuse and sharing of OS OpenData products)


1) Sharing data with your contractors

Where you have a formal agreement with a third party to provide you with services, the OSMA Member Licence allows you share your data with your contractors.

You should note that the extent of use enabled by that licence also applies to the Contractor. You need to make this clear to them by either issuing them with one of the Standard Form Contractor Licences provided by us or incorporating all of the relevant clauses from that Standard Form Contractor Licence into your own bespoke version.

Contractor Licences

OSMA Contractor Licence (form field)
The ‘form field’ version of the Standard Form Ordnance Survey licence is intended for use where you want to use 'inked' signatures. Please note: this version only allows you to complete information within the relevant fields of the document for saving, but the rest of the document cannot be altered. You will then need to print it out in order to add the inked signatures. The use of electronic signatures is not possible with this version.

OSMA Contractor Licence (read only)
This is a 'template' document for use if you are using an electronic records management system and or using electronic signatures as it provides all the required terms and conditions for you to meet your obligations under the Member Licence. Although you cannot use this version directly, you are able to copy all the text into a new document. This can either be 'as is' or incorporated into your own documentation. Please note that, in doing so, you must ensure that all of the relevant member licence obligations (the terms and conditions) are maintained in your version of the Licence.

2) Sharing with other OSMA members

No additional licences are required as all members have the same entitlements and ability to access the OSMA Licenced datasets

3) Sharing data with Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) members

It is not necessary to use any additional licences where you are sharing data with PSMA members for the same product/s that their licence allows. Note PSMA members are licensed for GB coverage.
Where you require other products/s or coverage beyond the ‘Scotland + 2km buffer, available under your licence, to support a jointly undertaken statutory ‘cross border project’, then you can ask the relevant PSMA member to supply you with the core data you require under the Joint Initiative terms of the Member Licence.

4) Sharing data with infrastructure bodies

Note: An Infrastructure body is an organisation in the gas, electricity, water, rail and telecommunication sectors, as well as transport and airport operators.

It is not necessary to use any additional licences when sharing data with these bodies, provided that they are licensed for the same data and the same geographic area. This is because Public Sector Members and this wider group of customers now have common terms that permit the exchange of derived data between entities.

An additional licence will still be needed in other circumstances, such as when the area involved is greater that they have confirmed that they are licenced for.

5) Sharing data with others - under End User Licences (EULs)

The latest update to the OSMA has seen the streamlining of the EULs, with just two now covering your requirements:

  • Public Sector (Scotland) End User Licence – INSPIRE
  • Public Sector (Scotland) End User Licence

These two revised licences replace the existing EULs and remove much of the management overhead of the existing licences.

These licences permit you to pass data and or derived data to anyone who is supporting you in the delivery of your core business. You do not have to have additional formal arrangements in place with these bodies, so this end user licence helps individuals, voluntary and community groups or other similar bodies who require mapping to deliver and/or support your public task to deliver your core business.

This EUL allows OSMA members to release data in order to meet their INSPIRE obligations, including through the provision of Web Mapping Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS). This licence is drafted on the basis of click or deemed acceptance and does not require the PSMA member to retain details of the end user. The licence:

  • permits the recipient use of the data for any for personal, non-commercial use, and
  • places the responsibility for the appropriate use of the data on to the End User rather than the OSMA member.

Public Sector (Scotland) End User Licence - INSPIRE

Public Sector (Scotland )End User Licence - INSPIRE (read-only)
The ‘read-only’ version is the Standard Form Ordnance Survey licence that allows you to save as a file for you to incorporate as ‘read-me’ file when supplying data.

Public Sector (Scotland) End User Licence - INSPIRE (web page)
The ‘web page’ version enables you to use directly via a ‘hyperlink’ or to copy the text, which can then be pasted and saved into a new document/web page that you have created.


Public Sector (Scotland) End User Licence

This version of the EUL is for use by OSMA members in all other (non-INSPIRE) circumstances.

This licence is also drafted on the basis of click acceptance however, in addition, the OSMA member will need to retain records of those downloading and or being supplied with the data.

A single form of this End User Licence can be used for all products and purposes that the OSMA member are making the data available for and allows the recipient use of data to respond to, or interact with, the OSMA member to either deliver or support the delivery of the member’s Core Business. This should significantly reduce the amount of administration that the GLO will have to do.

Where you wish to use a Public Sector (Scotland) End User Licence in a non-electronic environment, where a ‘click to accept’ method is not appropriate and notwithstanding the words of paragraph 7.3 of Appendix 1, Scottish Government and Ordnance Survey have agreed that this EUL can be entered into in hard copy form, see 'form field' version below.

End User Licence (read only)
The ‘read-only’ version is the Standard Form Ordnance Survey licence that allows you to save as a file for you to incorporate as ‘read-me’ file when supplying data.

End User Licence (web page)
The ‘web page’ version enables you to use directly via a ‘hyperlink’ or to copy the text, which can then be pasted and saved into a new document/web page that you have created.

End User Licence (form field)
The ‘form-field’ version enables you to use in an environment where 'click to accept' the licence is not appropriate.


OS OpenData

The terms covering these products are included in your OSMA licence. Note that the update arrangements for the products remain unaltered from your previous collective agreement.

Royal Mail terms

OSMA Royal Mail terms (stand-alone Appendix 3)
These are the Royal Mail terms which were updated with the new OSMA Member Licence of April 2013. Where addressing data is being supplied to Contractors, these Royal Mail terms also apply to them and must be passed on in full to them by the member.

Standard Ordnance Survey copyright acknowledgement

You will find it in the public sector licensing guidance.

Tell me more about what 'Core Business' means?

The core business of a public sector organisation is the provision of public sector services.

Within the OSMA, core business terms have replaced Business Use clauses used in previous agreements. Under this definition, OSMA members are entitled to use data provided through the agreement for any purposes they consider they have to undertake to meet their public service delivery obligations. For example, this includes:

  • Creating and monitoring policy
  • Operational management of government
  • Delivering government business and public services
  • Making information available to the public
  • Performing any other function required by statute and passing derived information and/or data to any other member of the OSMA

Where can I find more information?

Please see our support page for further resources and how to contact our OSMA Helpdesk

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