Henry Ayres


Migrating to a customisable OS mapping dataset

If you haven’t come across it before, OS VectorMap Local is the most detailed of our backdrop mapping data products and covers the whole of Great Britain. Designed for creating graphical contextual mapping, you’ll see the shapes of individual houses, the line of garden fences and more detailed outlines of larger buildings. It gives you clear, street-level maps so that you can display information such as planning proposals or the location of local amenities. This makes it ideal for GIS analysis, your website and printing for public consultations.   OS VectorMap Local is being used by a wide range of people for reasons ranging from simple backdrop mapping through to analysis affecting people’s lives and business decisions.

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Latest version of OS VectorMap District available

We’ve just released the September 2015 update of OS VectorMap District. This free open data product is a versatile, customisable backdrop map for you to pinpoint particular locations, show boundaries and shaded-in areas.

Our latest release offers enhanced functionality and greater consistency with our other OS OpenData products, including OS Open Map – Local (released in April 2015).

The most significant change is the introduction of Functional Sites. These are areas of land which hold specific functions, such as air transport, education facility – school and higher, medical care, road transport and police station. You can see the location of these sites as point information in the example below.

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OS VectorMap District

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OS at Digital Shoreditch #ds15

The Digital Shoreditch event being held at Shoreditch Town Hall has been a great opportunity to showcase our innovations. As a founder partner, we have been involved with the festival for some time and are using it to help explain that there’s more to us than paper maps…

With a number of initiatives developed for the event, we had a good chance to talk to a new and varied audience.

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