Last year we launched the Geovation Hub in London. The collaborative workspace is aimed at providing entrepreneurs, developers and innovators unparalleled access to geospatial data and expertise, as well as a place to exchange ideas, innovate and get inspired. The Hub has grown to almost 500 members, the team have their first Geovation Programme well underway (and are recruiting for the second intake) and have run the Geovation water challenge, producing three winning teams to support further.
We’ve also updated our developer licence terms and launched the new look terms as the Data Exploration Licence at the Geovation Hub, as a trial before rolling it out across the OS licence framework. The Data Exploration Licence gives Hub members free access to OS data for 12 months (or 3 months for any OS data products which contain third party data). Members can access all of the data while they’re at the Hub to research and evaluate ideas, build prototypes and identify commercial opportunities for their business ideas.
The unrivalled access includes all OS data from OS MasterMap to AddressBase to our OS OpenData range of products, to really help Hub members to build their business case and explore options. If the business idea comes to the point of being commercially viable, Hub members can then explore future OS commercial licensing options with support from the Hub.
Since the licence launched Hub members have been using it to develop ground-breaking new products across a range of industries and areas of commercial opportunity: from the property and planning sector, to smart city simulations, farm management and drone deployment. The Data Exploration Licence is only available to registered members of the Geovation Hub. You can see the licence in full on the Geovation Hub pages, and find out more about the workspace.