New OS OpenData products now live

Great news this morning, our latest OS OpenData products are now available for download. Announced last month, the four new products in our open data portfolio are OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Names, OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. Bringing our OS OpenData offering up to sixteen products, the latest offer you increased detail and accuracy and the opportunity for analytics. They are fully customisable and can work together or be imported and integrated with your own software and database.

OS Open Map – Local provides a customisable backdrop for users to map, visualise and fully understand their data. This new product provides the most detailed level of buildings in OS’s open data suite and is designed to be used with other open data products.

OS Open Names is a reliable location search product for when you need to find something fast. It’s a new, better quality, consistent index for all the location names in Great Britain. Users can search a particular location or look for somewhere in a number of ways.

OS Open Rivers is a generalised open water network showing the flow and the locations of rivers, streams, lakes and canals across the whole of Great Britain.

OS Open Roads is a connected road network for Great Britain. It contains all classified roads (such as motorways and A & B roads) as well as officially named unclassified roads.

All 16 OS OpenData products are free to view, download and use for commercial, educational and personal purposes. Visit www.os.uk/opendata

Read more about the launch in our news release.

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3 Responses

  1. Interesting that in OS Open Names (when compared to OS Locator) the street numberings have been decoupled from the street names.

    Is this a conscious decision? It’s significantly less useful than the old OS Locator way of doing things, where you used to have a single entry that would be bound to the name Foobar Road and designation A1234. Using the OS Open Names scheme all you know is that a street named Foobar Road and a street designated the A1234 exist within somewhat overlapping bounding boxes, leaving you guessing.

    1. Hi Robert

      I checked with the Products team and they’ve said that you can identify the location of the road in OS Open Names but you will now need to use the analytical OS Open Roads products to identify the relationship between named and numbered roads. This was one of the features that was decided not to be brought forward from OS Locator because it is intended for OS Open Names to enable the identification and location of features then let other products build in that capability.

      Many thanks

  2. Martin Crossley

    Thanks for the new data! I use various open source tools to combine it with other data and convert into a binary format that I can use on my handheld GPS.

    I do SO wish you could include the footpath data – at present I have to consolidate the various RoW information released by county councils and there some notable holes in the coverage (*sigh*).

    really liking the higher resolution buildings layer compared to Vectormap Distrit, although a few gotchas with the metadata such as the renaming of the motorway junction attribute from ‘JUNCTIONNU’ to ‘JUNCTNUM’.

    Is there a technical description somewhere that I can find the data schema (in particular the FEATCODE values). I’m assuming it might be the same as Vectormap Local …?

    Cheers Martin

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