Since the start of the PSMA agreement, public sector organisations in England and Wales who are members can benefit from access a selection of Ordnance Survey digital map products.
This page gives help on licensing under the PSMA agreement and offers examples of licensing forms and guidance for specific scenarios and usage of digital map products.
- The Principal Contacts for all PSMA Members were informed via an email sent on 15 August 2013, that announced the introduction of new End User Licences as part of the third variation of the PSMA Member Licence. Members should regard that email date as the incorporation date of the amendments into the PSMA Member Licence. Most of the variations have the effective date of 7 August 2013, but please also see the other licences notes below regarding the amendments to the Royal Mail terms.
- An announcement by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Royal Mail was made in March 2013 regarding PAF® PSL - read the details here.
For information about which products are available under the PSMA, please visit our public sector products page.
For information about licensing for Scottish public sector organisations, visit the OSMA licensing pages.
Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA)
To help you understand the fundamentals of the PSMA and the PSMA Member Licence, here are those documents.
PSMA agreement (updated July 2013)
The PSMA agreement document contains the full terms of the agreement between Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Ordnance Survey concerning the provision of mapping data to the public sector in England and Wales.
PSMA Member Licence
PSMA Member Licence (updated July 2013)
This document sets out the terms of what you can and cannot do with the data you can get access and licence through the PSMA. If you wish to become a PSMA member, you should check that you meet the eligibility criteria and read the licence, before submitting your member licence application.
Use this online joining process to submit your membership application.
Some initial guidance regarding the PSMA Member Licence
For what purpose can PSMA products be used?
The PSMA 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, PSMA 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 PSMA member Licence does not apply to 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 PSMA Member Licence allows you share your data with your contractors.
You should note that the extent of use enabled by that licence also apply to the Contractor, so they need to be made aware. This can be achieved by either issuing them with one of the Standard Form Contractor Licences provided by us, or by incorporating all the relevant clauses from that Standard Form Contractor Licence into your own bespoke version.
Contractor Licences - options (Updated July 2013)
PSMA 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.
PSMA 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 PSMA members
No additional licences required as all members have the same entitlements and ability to access the PSMA Licenced datasets
3) Sharing data with One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) members
It is not necessary to use any additional licences where you are sharing data with OSMA members for the same product/s and coverage that their licence allows.
Where an OSMA member requires other products/s or coverage to support a jointly undertaken statutory ‘cross border project’, then you can supply them with the core data they 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)
This third variation to the PSMA sees the introduction of two new EULs.
- Public Sector End User Licence – INSPIRE
- Public Sector End User Licence (non-INSPIRE)
These two new 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 PSMA 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 PSMA member.
End User Licence - INSPIRE options (Updated July 2013)
End User Licence - INSPIRE (web page)
Public Sector End User Licence
This version of the EUL is for use by PSMA members in all other (non-INSPIRE) circumstances.
This licence is also drafted on the basis of click acceptance however, in addition, the PSMA 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 PSMA member are making the data available for and allows the recipient use of data to respond to, or interact with, the PSMA member to either deliver or support the delivery of the member’s Core Business. This should significantly reduce the amount of administration that the Principal Contact will have to do.
Since the release of the third variation, some members have asked for clarification about how to implement a Public Sector End User Licence - non-INSPIRE in a non-electronic environment, where a ‘click to accept’ method is not appropriate. As of 1 October 2013 and notwithstanding the words of paragraph 7.3 of Appendix 1, BIS and Ordnance Survey have agreed that this EUL can be entered into in hard copy form, see 'form field' version below.
End User Licence - options (Updated July 2013)
Royal Mail terms
As mentioned above, most of latest variations to the PSMA Member Licence have the effective date of 7 August 2013, but please be aware that the amendments to the Royal Mail terms (PSMA Member Licence, paragraph 5.2.4 of Part B of Appendix 3 and Part C of Appendix 3) have been deemed to have come into force on and from 1 April 2012.
PSMA Royal Mail terms (stand-alone Appendix 3) * (Updated July 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, along with other information relating to the use of Ordnance Survey trade marks here Partner style guide
Public Sector End User Licence – INSPIRE