Last Spring, you may remember we embarked on a formats trial which saw nine of our products trialled in up to five new formats. Hundreds of you got involved and we were so grateful to receive lots of useful feedback on what worked for you and what didn’t.
Utilising the feedback from this trial, we started to look more widely at our product formats. When we released our new version of VectorMap Local in October last year, we made changes to our fulfilment processes to enable us to offer this in GeoPackage as well as GML and Raster formats to give you more choice. We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of our customers using GeoPackage so we’re delighted to know we are moving in the right direction.
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.