We’ve been working with the Geospatial Commission alongside The British Geological Survey, Coal Authority, HM Land Registry and The UK Hydrographic Office to create a single Data Exploration Licence. The single licence replaces a number of different agreements from the five partner bodies and allows registers users to freely access available data to research and develop their own ideas and propositions.
We were pleased to provide our own Data Exploration Licence as a template for the new partner body licences. First released to Geovation Hub members as a trial in 2016, we later rolled out the OS Data Exploration Licence in October 2016.
Over the past two years we have seen over 300 registrations from start-ups to large commercial companies sign up to the agreement, including those starting to explore opportunities to create new products and services. We look forward to seeing this trend accelerate with the introduction of the four new licences from the Geospatial Commission, providing users with access to a far wider range of geospatial data.
Benefits of a partner body Data Exploration Licence
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.