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An OS Developer summary

15 Dec 2020
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Since launching the OS Data Hub back in July as part of the new Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA), it’s been a busy six months here at OS. From hosting tech deep dives to creating tutorials, we’ve been working hard to ensure we make it easier than ever to find, access and use our data.

What is the OS Data Hub?

The OS Data Hub is the new way to access our authoritative location data. It is replacing the current OS ordering systems (OS OpenData Portal, OS Orders and API shop) with one platform and a single sign on.

OS Data Hub screenshot.
OS Data Hub screenshot.

Learn more on the OS Data Hub homepage or via our Developer blog series.

OS for Developers

To support the launch of the OS Data Hub, we created a new landing page for Developers. By having all the information available in one place, we hope to streamline the use of OS mapping and data APIs.

From case studies to tutorials, our Developer pages are designed to inspire ideas about how the OS Data Hub APIs can be used and to make it easy to get up and running from a technical perspective. We have tutorials, documentation and code examples available for web developers, data scientists and GIS users.

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4 Earth Intelligence: Heat Hazard Postcode Data over London with Satellite Imagery and OS Greenspace vectors. © 4EI, © Mapbox, © OpenStreetMap Mapping Data © Crown copyright and database right 2020. Contains OS Data © Crown copyright and database right 2020. Royal Mail Data © Royal Mail copyright and database right 2020.
4 Earth Intelligence: Heat Hazard Postcode Data over London with Satellite Imagery and OS Greenspace vectors. © 4EI, © Mapbox, © OpenStreetMap Mapping Data © Crown copyright and database right 2020. Contains OS Data © Crown copyright and database right 2020. Royal Mail Data © Royal Mail copyright and database right 2020.

Webinars

Alongside other virtual events, we have hosted multiple webinars. We launched Geovation to support innovative start-ups using location and property data and, as an OS initiative, we often work in collaboration with our Geovation colleagues. Whilst Geovation members have always had access to OS data, the introduction of the OS Data Hub has been an exciting time for all users. Learn more from our Developer Advocate John Hoopes in the webinars below.

Success stories

It is all well and good saying our data is the most accessible and functional it has ever been, but we know it means a lot more coming from those who are actively using it either in their workplace or personal life.

So, as part of this Developer blog series, we’ve made sure to include a variety of guest blogs. Whilst we’ve loved all of them, our favourites include National Library of Scotland (NLS), Covid-19 licence user turned OS partner 4 Earth Intelligence, Iventis and Geovation Accelerator Programme participant Building Passport.

NLS side by side image comparing Milton Keynes.
NLS: what a difference a century makes! Comparing the former rural landscape of Milton Keynes using the OS Revised New edition from 1904 (left) with the OS Maps API (right). Find this map at maps.nls.uk.

Get started

You can sign up to the OS Data Hub now and start using our new APIs. Sign up for free – select the OS OpenData Plan or choose the Premium Plan if you’re creating solutions for others and benefit from up to £1,000 worth of free Premium data each month.

If you work in the public sector and are a member of the PSGA, you will have unlimited free access to the APIs under the PSGA terms from January 2021 – watch this space.

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