Following our OS OpenData formats trial, we’re continuing to work to improve access to our opendata offerings. Our team have developed OS Open Zoomstack which makes elements of our opendata available as one map in one file to be used for GIS, web, mobile or offline use.
You can try out OS Open Zoomstack over the next three months. All we ask is for your feedback to shape its development for potential wider release. We believe that this will improve access to OS data and help current and future users to use our data in new ways. The trial is also a fantastic opportunity to test how we approach the development of Open MasterMap recently announced by the Geospatial Commission. This is an important step on the Open MasterMap implementation project highlighting our commitment to working with developers and the geospatial community to improve accessibility and usability of OS data.
What is OS Open Zoomstack?
In a nutshell, it’s a comprehensive vector basemap from a national overview to street level detail. It’s supplied in a single file with styles to help you get started quickly.
The one file (available in three different formats and via an API) comes with styles, a simple data schema and guides to get you started. It’s easy to use and takes you from national to local in one scroll of the mouse or pinch of the screen.
We are making OS Open Zoomstack available in GeoPackage, PostGIS Export File, Vector Tiles (based on Mapbox’s open specification) and a Vector Tile API. It is highly customisable and can be used in apps, on websites and even offline, so covers most uses.
The primary aim of the trial is to test the zoomstack technology for providing improved accessibility to OS data. Today we have used existing OS OpenData products for simplicity of the trial, but the technology is equally applicable to other OS data and products, including OS MasterMap.
How can I take part in the trial?
We use OS Open Zoomstack in our own mapping applications and we’ve had positive feedback from partners who have tried it out, and now we want to open the trial up to more people.
Our trial is open for three months and we will contact you to gather feedback on your experience.
What happens after the trial?
If you’ve been using OS Open Zoomstack and seen a real business benefit from it, let us know in the feedback. We may be able to provide some short-term support before we release a full version of OS Open Zoomstack.
How this fits with Open MasterMap
Following the Open MasterMap announcement, we want to reassure you that our approach will be through a series of iterative developments, co-designed with customers. Throughout the implementation of the Open MasterMap project we will be focusing on the accessibility, interoperability and discoverability of our data. We’re starting with the testing of OS Open Zoomstack, with the trial focusing on improved accessibility and usability of OS data. During the Open MasterMap project there will be lots of opportunities to engage in the process on a range of different aspects including data and APIs.
One of the main outcomes of opening OS MasterMap is to provide better access to our high-quality data and maps. We want to ensure that we deliver what customers want and to address the barriers identified through user research with start-ups and small businesses. These include pricing, licensing, ease of use and derived data.
It is important to us that people support our implementation activity and provide feedback on the developments. This will help us ensure that we deliver what customers want in alignment with the Open MasterMap announcement.
Find out more
Visit os.uk/zoomstack to find out more about how it can be used, view a demo, and see how you can get involved.
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