Hampshire County Council promotes public rights of way by making mapping easily available to download or browse online.
Hampshire’s countryside is some of the most beautiful in the country, with numerous public rights of way and open access land. There is a requirement to provide current and accurate information to the public to allow them easier access to the paths and bridleways – helping them to get out and enjoy the countryside and improve their health and well-being.
Working with Ordnance Survey, Hampshire County Council has achieved open data status for its rights-of-way data, originally captured against Ordnance Survey’s 1:10 000 Scale Raster product, through the exemption process offered by Ordnance Survey. This now means the public can take the data with them as they walk or ride the thousands of miles of routes across the county.
As well as making the data downloadable, the authority has also provided more user-friendly maps online, using the Esri® (UK) LocalView Fusion® product. Previous maps were difficult to navigate and provided limited information on the rights-of-way network. The new mapping is more dynamic and flexible in its delivery of the data. Hampshire County Council is committed to transparency and finding opportunities to open up its data. By making this data available in usable formats, the council is enabling the community to develop and share new uses for the information, increasing its value to all users.
- 1,500 page hits during the initial week after publishing: driving enquiries to the web pages.
- A significantly-improved service for the citizens.
- Helping to support health and well-being across Hampshire and meet authority targets.
- Promoting Ordnance Survey’s Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) exemption process and supporting wider public rights of way initiatives.