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GIS for Schools

What is GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.


OS OpenSpace

Create amazing web applications, enhance online projects or put Ordnance Survey maps on your website to help your visitors.

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OS OpenData

View, develop and order Ordnance Survey mapping. With OS OpenData, you can access a selection of the most detailed mapping datasets available for Great Britain.

Visit OS OpenData

Schools software

Find out what GIS software is available for schools

GIS Zone

This free resource is part of our Mapzone website aimed at secondary students. A useful introduction to GIS for everyone.

Visit GIS Zone


The Geographical Association and The Royal Geographical Society provide many on-line resources on GIS. These have been created as teaching materials for schools. Follow the links for information.

The Geographical Association

The Royal Geographical Society

Related information

OS OpenSpace API enables you to display quality Ordnance Survey maps (with optional boundaries) in web applications and and overlay your data on them.

MapZone is Ordnance Survey's website for children. There are; online games, trivia quiz, homework help, Geograph and GIS Zone. This interactive site is a useful learning resource that brings geography to life. It can be used in lessons or at home for fun.

Schools can access seamless national coverage of OS MasterMap®, the most detailed mapping available. Users can view, print and annotate map online.

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