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Acknowledgements

This page is a guide to the Ordnance Survey copyright acknowledgements (attribution statements) to be used by members of the public sector agreements (PSMA and OSMA) and how they can be applied in different circumstances, but they are not exhaustive.

The Style Guide provides you with the standard acknowledgement you need to use with Licensed Data. This is referred to in Section 5 of the Member Licence. The reason for this is to ensure consistency with all of our other commercial licences. It means that, should the standard acknowledgement ever change, we wouldn't have to change all of our other documentation just for that.

You then need to refer to the Member Licence, Appendix 1 - Licensed Use as, depending on the activity you are undertaking, there is other wording that you need to add to (and does not replace) that standard acknowledgement.

You should also note that, as some of our products include third party data (such as our addressing datasets), Section 5 of the Member Licence also refers to those occasions where their additional acknowledgements that we (as a licensee of theirs) are obliged to pass on.

To save you the time of looking through the various sections of the licence, we have provided the information under the relevant activity headings.

Members should note that:

  • it is still their responsibility to ensure that they are applying the terms of their Member Licence correctly.
  • if other third party information is included that acknowledgement must also be included
  • where licensed data is used, prefix or suffix your licence number with the letters "EUL" (End User Licence)
  • where you are providing Licensed Data under an End User Licence, you should also ensure that your licence number is either prefixed or suffixed with EUL (for example, 100010001 EUL).

End User Licensing

Answer: When using your data (Licensee’s Data) ......

on it's own, as Ordnance Survey do not claim intellectual property rights (IPR) in your data that has been created independently of Ordnance Survey data (independently sourced data), no Ordnance Survey acknowledgement is required.

If your data is being included with other data (such as OS OpenData or Licenced Data), then you should use the highest appropriate level of acknowledgement.

For example, if you are overlaying your Licensees Data on to OS VectorMap Local, then the acknowledgement to use is the ‘Licensed data’ one.

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Answer: If you are using OS OpenData products .....

then you just need to acknowledge the copyright and the source of the data by including the following attribution statement:

‘Contains OS data © Crown copyright [and database right] [year]’.

'Cynnwys data OS © Hawlfraint y Goron [a hawliau cronfa ddata] OS [flwyddyn].'

Notes:

  • this includes data derived from OS OpenData products and those derived datasets that have been notified to us under the "presumption to publish" arrangements (see the sharing derived data section).
  • You must include the same attribution acknowledgement requirement in any sub-licences of the data that you grant (and that of any further sub-licences to do the same).
  • if you are incorporating other data, such as Licensed Data, then you need to use the highest appropriate level of acknowledgement.

    For example, if you are overlaying a derived dataset that has been granted an exemption on terms equivalent to OS OpenData on to OS VectorMap Local, then the acknowledgement to use is the ‘Licensed data’ one and not the OS OpenData one.

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Answer: If you are using 'Free to Use' data ...

meaning derived data that you have created that must be capable of being used independently of the Ordnance Survey dataset from which it was inferred.

Then the copyright and source of the 'Free to Use' data must be acknowledged by including the following attribution statement:

'Contains OS data © Crown copyright and [database rights] [year of issue]'.

'Cynnwys data OS © Hawlfraint y Goron [a hawliau cronfa ddata] OS [flwyddyn].'

Notes:

  • You must include the same attribution acknowledgement requirement in any sub-licences of the Free to Use Data that are granted, together with a requirement that any further sub-licences do the same.
  • if you are incorporating other data, such as Licensed Data, then you need to use the highest appropriate level of acknowledgement.

    For example, if you are overlaying a Free to Use data on to OS VectorMap Local, then the acknowledgement to use is the ‘Licensed Data’ one.

    For more information on Free to Use data.

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Answer: When using Code-Point or Code-Point with polygons ....

you need to include the following statement into the base acknowledgement being used:

'Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 20nn'

'Mae’n cynnwys data Ystadegau Cenedlaethol © Hawlfraint y Goron a hawl cronfa ddata 20nn'

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Answer: When using AddressBase Incremental Change Supply (ABICS) ....


When using this data you need to include the following statement into the base acknowledgement being used:

“© Local Government Information House Limited copyright and database rights [year of supply or date of publication] [licence number EUL]”

“© Hawlfraint a hawliau cronfa ddata cyfyngedig Tŷ Gwybodaeth ar Lywodraeth Leol [blwyddyn cyflenwi neu ddyddiad cyhoeddi] [rhif y drwydded EUL]"

Note: as one of the PSMA legacy addressing products, as of 31 October 2014, NLPG has been rebranded and is now known as AddressBase Incremental Change Supply (ABICS), supporting the Government vision of having one single definitive national addressing database for the public sector.

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Answer: When using any AddressBase product ...

you need to include the following statement(s) into the base acknowledgement being used:

'© Local Government Information House Limited copyright and database rights [year of supply or date of publication] [licence number EUL]'

'© Hawlfraint a hawliau cronfa ddata cyfyngedig Tŷ Gwybodaeth ar Lywodraeth Leol [blwyddyn cyflenwi neu ddyddiad cyhoeddi][rhif y drwydded EUL]'

In addition, wherever data relating to Scotland from any AddressBase Dataset is displayed or reproduced, this statement also needs to be incorporated:

‘This product contains data created and maintained by Scottish Local Government’

'Mae’r cynnyrch hwn yn cynnwys data a grëwyd ac a gynhelir gan Lywodraeth Leol yr Alban'

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Answer: Public viewing of data on screens

Where you are making Licensed data made available as a raster file or a copy protected vector file only, you need to ensure that the phrase

‘Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions’

'Mae defnydd o'r data hwn yn amodol ar delerau ac amodau'

is set out in a legible font and in a conspicuous position.

You also need to ensure that the phrase 'terms and conditions' provides a clear hyperlink to a copy of these conditions:

I. “You are granted a non-exclusive, royalty free revocable licence solely to view the licensed data for non-commercial purposes for the period during which [inset name of licensee] makes it available;

II. You are not permitted to copy, sub-license, distribute, sell or otherwise make available the Licensed Data to third parties in any form; and

III. Third party rights to enforce the terms of this licence shall be reserved to OS.”

'Data trwyddedig ffeil raster neu ffeil vector a ddiogelir rhag gwneud copïau ohoni y mae data INSPIRE ar gael. Bydd deiliad y drwydded yn sicrhau y caiff y frawddeg ‘Rhaid cadw at y telerau a’r amodau i ddefnyddio’r data hwn’ ei gosod (mewn ffont dealladwy ac mewn man amlwg). Bydd y frawddeg o dan sylw’n rhoi uwchddolen glir i gopi o’r amodau hyn:

I. “Rhoddir trwydded ddirymiadwy, anghyfyngedig a heb freindal i chi i weld y data trwyddedig at ddibenion anfasnachol am y cyfnod y mae ar gael gan [rhowch enw daliwr y drwydded]

II. Ni chewch gopïo, is-drwyddedu, dosbarthu na gwerthu unrhyw ran o’r data hwn i drydydd partïon mewn unrhyw ffurf; ac

III. Yr Arolwg Ordnans fydd yn cadw’r hawlio trydydd parti i orfodi amodau’r drwydded hon”.'

Depending on the Licensed Data product(s) being used (e.g AddressBase) you may need to incorporate some additional wording.

If you are publishing information that is just based on OS OpenData and or those derived datasets that have been notified to us under the "presumption to publish" arrangements (see the sharing derived data section), then you only need to use the OS OpenData acknowledgement.

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Answer: Paper mapping

This is the base acknowledgement required on paper mapping containing Licenced Data.

This needs to be set out in a legible font and in a conspicuous position

© Crown copyright [and database rights] [year of supply] OS [licence number EUL]. You are permitted to use this data solely to enable you to respond to, or interact with, the organisation that provided you with the data. You are not permitted to copy, sub-licence, distribute or sell any of this data to third parties in any form.

© Hawlfraint y Goron [a hawliau cronfa ddata] [blwyddyn gyflenwi] OS [rhif y drwydded EUL]. Rhoddir trwydded ddirymiadwy, anghyfyngedig a heb freindal i chi i weld y data trwyddedig at ddibenion anfasnachol am y cyfnod y mae ar gael gan [rhowch enw daliwr y drwydded] Ni chewch gopïo, is-drwyddedu, dosbarthu na gwerthu unrhyw ran o’r data hwn i drydydd partïon mewn unrhyw ffurf.

Depending on the Licensed Data product(s) being used (e.g AddressBase) you may need to incorporate some addtional wording.

If you are publishing information that is just based on OS OpenData and or those derived datasets that have been notified to us under the "presumption to publish" arrangements (see the sharing derived data section)., then you only need to use the OS OpenData acknowledgement.

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Answer: Electronic documents

This is the base acknowledgement you are required to include in electronic documents containing Licenced Data.

This needs to be set out in a legible font and in a conspicuous position on each mapping image presented on screen

© Crown copyright [and database rights] [year of supply] OS [licence number EUL]. Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions.

© Hawlfraint y Goron [a hawliau cronfa ddata] Arolwg Ordnans [rhif y drwydded EUL]. Defnyddio data hwn yn amodol ar delerau ac amodau.

The phrase ‘terms and conditions’ needs to provide a clear link to these conditions:

You are granted a non-exclusive, royalty free, revocable licence solely to view the Licensed Data for non-commercial purposes for the period during which [insert name of Licensee] makes it available. You are not permitted to copy, sub-license, distribute, sell or otherwise make available the Licensed Data to third parties in any form. Third party rights to enforce the terms of this licence shall be reserved to OS.

Rhoddir trwydded ddirymiadwy, anghyfyngedig a heb freindal i chi i weld y data trwyddedig at ddibenion anfasnachol am y cyfnod y mae ar gael gan [rhowch enw daliwr y drwydded]Ni chewch gopïo, is-drwyddedu, dosbarthu na gwerthu unrhyw ran o’r data hwn i drydydd partïon mewn unrhyw ffurf. Yr Arolwg Ordnans fydd yn cadw’r hawlio trydydd parti i orfodi amodau’r drwydded hon”.

Notes:

  • Depending upon your way that the electronic document is being created, this could be either as a complete statement' or through a 'hyperlink' into another part of the document (along with other notices which may be required)
  • Depending on the Licensed Data product(s) being used (e.g AddressBase) you may need to incorporate some additional wording.
  • If you are publishing information that is just based on OS OpenData and or those derived datasets that have been notified to us under the "presumption to publish" arrangements (see the sharing derived data section), then you only need to use the OS OpenData acknowledgement.

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Answer: viewing as screen images

This is the base acknowledgement required for those circumstances where you are supplying your derived data (i.e. as created by your organisation) for viewing as screen images and is not being delivered via web mapping services (WMS/WFS).

This needs to be set out in a legible font and in a conspicuous position on each mapping image presented on screen

© Crown copyright [and database rights] [year of supply] OS [licence number EUL]. Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions.

© Local Government Information House Limited copyright and database rights [year of supply or date of publication] [licence number EUL]

The phrase ‘terms and conditions’ needs to provide a clear hyperlink/reference to a copy of these conditions that must have been supplied with the data:

You are granted a non-exclusive, royalty free, revocable licence solely to view the Licensed Data for non-commercial purposes for the period during which [insert name of Licensee] makes it available. You are not permitted to copy, sub-license, distribute, sell or otherwise make available the Licensed Data to third parties in any form. Third party rights to enforce the terms of this licence shall be reserved to OS.

Depending on the Licensed Data product(s) being used (e.g AddressBase) you may need to incorporate some additional wording.

If you are publishing information that is just based on OS OpenData and or those derived datasets that have been notified to us under the "presumption to publish" arrangements (see the sharing derived data section), then you only need to use the OS OpenData acknowledgement.

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Answer: If you are publishing information that is not for INSPIRE compliance then ....

this is the base acknowledgement required for Licenced Data.

This needs to be set out in a legible font and in a conspicuous position

© Crown copyright [and database rights] [year of supply] OS [licence number EUL]. You are permitted to use this data solely to enable you to respond to, or interact with, the organisation that provided you with the data. You are not permitted to copy, sub-licence, distribute or sell any of this data to third parties in any form.

© Hawlfraint y Goron a hawliau cronfa ddata [year of supply] Arolwg Ordnans [rhif y drwydded EUL]. Rhoddir trwydded ddirymiadwy, anghyfyngedig a heb freindal i chi i weld y data trwyddedig at ddibenion anfasnachol am y cyfnod y mae ar gael gan [rhowch enw daliwr y drwydded] Ni chewch gopïo, is-drwyddedu, dosbarthu na gwerthu unrhyw ran o’r data hwn i drydydd partïon mewn unrhyw ffurf.

Depending on the Licensed Data product(s) being used (e.g AddressBase) you may need to incorporate some additional wording.

If you are publishing information that is just based on OS OpenData and or those derived datasets that have been notified to us under the "presumption to publish" arrangements (see the sharing derived data section), then you only need to use the OS OpenData acknowledgement.

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Answer: If you are publishing INSPIRE-compliant data ....

as part of meeting your INSPIRE obligations, then follow the publishing for INSPIRE guidance.

Otherwise, the INSPIRE-compliant data should be made available as either a raster file or a copy protected vector file. You then need to ensure that this phrase:

‘Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions’

'Mae defnydd o'r data hwn yn amodol ar delerau ac amodau'

is set out in a legible font and in a conspicuous position.

You also need to ensure that the phrase 'terms and conditions' provides a clear hyperlink to a copy of these conditions:

I. “You are granted a non-exclusive, royalty free revocable licence solely to view the licensed data for non-commercial purposes for the period during which [inset name of licensee] makes it available;

II. You are not permitted to copy, sub-license, distribute, sell or otherwise make available the Licensed Data to third parties in any form; and

III. Third party rights to enforce the terms of this licence shall be reserved to OS.'

'Dim ond fel ffeil raster neu ffeil vector a ddiogelir rhag gwneud copïau ohoni y mae data INSPIRE ar gael. Bydd deiliad y drwydded yn sicrhau y caiff y frawddeg ‘Rhaid cadw at y telerau a’r amodau i ddefnyddio’r data hwn’ ei gosod (mewn ffont dealladwy ac mewn man amlwg). Bydd y frawddeg o dan sylw’n rhoi uwchddolen glir i gopi o’r amodau hyn:

I. “Rhoddir trwydded ddirymiadwy, anghyfyngedig a heb freindal i chi i weld y data trwyddedig at ddibenion anfasnachol am y cyfnod y mae ar gael gan [rhowch enw daliwr y drwydded]

II. Ni chewch gopïo, is-drwyddedu, dosbarthu na gwerthu unrhyw ran o’r data hwn i drydydd partïon mewn unrhyw ffurf; ac

III. Yr Arolwg Ordnans fydd yn cadw’r hawlio trydydd parti i orfodi amodau’r drwydded hon'

If you are publishing information that is just based on OS OpenData and or those derived datasets that have been notified to us under the "presumption to publish" arrangements (see the sharing derived data section), then you only need to use the OS OpenData acknowledgement.

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Answer: If you are using a mix of datasets .....

then you should use the highest appropriate level of acknowledgement.

For example, if you are overlaying a derived dataset that have been notified to us under the "presumption to publish" arrangements (see the sharing derived data section) on terms equivalent to OS OpenData on to OS VectorMap Local, then the acknowledgement to use is the ‘Licensed data’ one and not the OS OpenData one.

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Answer: If you are displaying Licensed Data designed for use on dynamic web pages and mobile apps .....

and it is as part of meeting your INSPIRE obligations, then follow the publishing for INSPIRE guidance.

Otherwise, wherever possible, you should endeavor to follow the guidance for public viewing of data.

However, where there is insufficient room to show the acknowledgement on each display of licensed data, for example, on a mobile device, you can display the full attribution (copyright) acknowledgement on your 'general terms and conditions' screen or opening screen of the application on the device being used.

This guidance also applies to the need to ensure that this phrase "Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions’ is set out in a legible font and in a conspicuous position along with the clear hyperlink to a copy of the associated conditions.

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