Data Exploration Licence

Key features:

  • Free of charge.

  • Lets you use OS Data for 12 months, unless we tell you, or you and we agree, something else. It will renew automatically every 12 months unless either of you or we choose to end it. ‘OS Data’ means any OS datasets that you have access to but not Third Party OS Data.

  • Lets you use Third Party OS Data for 3 months only. ‘Third Party OS Data’ includes, but is not limited to, AddressBase®, AddressBase® Plus, AddressBase® Premium and AddressBase® Islands.

  • Includes both this page and the small print below. Please read all terms before accessing any OS Data or Third Party OS Data (together Exploration Data) so that you understand this Licence and what we agree you can do.

  • Lets you do any of the things we list below.

You can:

  • Evaluate Exploration Data to see if what we’re offering is what you need.

  • Use Exploration Data to research and develop your ideas and propositions. It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure yet how Exploration Data might help you. For example, you may want to assess it for a potential commercial opportunity or see what potential benefits and value it could bring to you, helping you build your case for licensing Exploration Data for use in your business or organisation. Note these research and development rights are subject to the provisions below regarding live trials or tests.

  • Display Exploration Data or create working prototypes using Exploration Data to demonstrate and promote on your own equipment how your ideas or propositions for using our data would work, which is ideal if you’re talking to potential customers, agents, investors or other financial backers. You can also provide prototypes for a short time to any of these people on equivalent terms to this licence solely to help them to make a better assessment of your idea or proposition.

  • Use Exploration Data (excluding AddressBase® Islands) in live trials or tests within your business or organisation for up to 3 months to determine whether you wish to license it as an internal business aid immediately after your live trial.

  • Use [small extracts of] OS Data (or data created from it under another licence) in time-bound events that promote collaboration and innovation, to provide better insight into specific uses or develop ideas or answer particular questions, for example, as part of competitions, hackathons and mash-ups.

  • Publish small extracts of OS Data to promote your use of OS Data in articles and at events that intend to share or widen knowledge (such as academic papers, trade journals or industry conferences).


In return, we ask you to:

  • Provide us with information about you and/or your company or organisation as requested when you register to access Exploration Data so that we know who we are licensing and what you are wanting to do.

  • Acknowledge that you’re using Exploration Data and that you’re doing so in the right way by using our style guide at: Please note this doesn’t mean you can use OS branding or trademarks or anything that can be confused with them.

  • Make sure any prototypes you provide or any OS Data you provide (or data created from it under another OS licence) is returned to you or destroyed within 7 days of the end of the assessment or event. Tell us in advance if doing this might disrupt your longer term plans and we can discuss appropriate licensing.

  • Take sensible measures to make sure all Exploration Data supplied to you is secure from any unauthorised use or access.


Under this Licence you must not do the following:

  • Unless we expressly permit you to do so above, make any Exploration Data available to third parties or create any products or services which have benefitted from, relied on or made any use of Exploration Data (including, without limitation, where you have created your products or services by copying, publishing, modifying, re-formatting, analysing or performing searches, look ups or enquiries using Exploration Data). If you want to do that, you must tell us. We can then agree how that happens.


The Small Print

1 Parties
This Licence is between Ordnance Survey Limited, (we/us/our/OS)and the person or organisation who downloads the Exploration Data (you/your).  We are a company registered in England and Wales (company registration number 09121572).  Our registered address is Explorer House, Adanac Drive, SOUTHAMPTON, SO16 0AS. You and we are each a party and together the parties.

2 Licence
Subject to the restrictions referred to in this Licence, we grant you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable licence to use Exploration Data for the relevant period stated above for the permitted purposes described in the table above.
By downloading Exploration Data you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. Downloading Exploration Data constitutes acceptance by us of your request. These terms and conditions form the licence between you and us (Licence).
This Licence commences with effect from the date you first request access to Exploration Data.
When you access Exploration Data via an OS API Service, the terms of that service will apply in addition to this Licence. You will still be able to use Exploration Data in the ways stated above.

3 Intellectual Property Rights
We and/or our suppliers (including the Crown) own all the intellectual property rights in Exploration Data. All rights not expressly granted are reserved to OS and its licensors (including the Crown).

4 Feedback
At our request, you will give us reasonable details about your intended use for Exploration Data under this Licence by whatever means we might reasonably request.

5 No Warranty
It is your responsibility to ensure that the Exploration Data you request is what you need. Exploration Data is provided ‘as is’ and without any warranty or condition express or implied, statutory or otherwise as to its quality or fitness for purpose. Except as expressly stated in this Licence, all conditions, warranties, terms and undertakings express or implied statutory or otherwise in respect of the Exploration Data are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

6 Liabilities
There is nothing in this Licence that excludes or limits your liability for an infringement or breach of our intellectual property rights.
Neither party excludes its liability to the other under this Licence for fraud, and for personal injury or death caused either by its negligence or that of its employees and authorised subcontractors and agents.
Subject to the above, neither party shall be liable to the other for indirect, special or consequential loss or damage or any other financial loss (howsoever caused) which occurs as a result of the use of, or lack of performance of the Exploration Data.

7 Termination
Either party may terminate this Licence with immediate effect. Termination or expiry of this Licence shall not affect either party’s accrued rights and remedies. On the termination of this licence you shall (except in respect of any Exploration Data for which at the time of termination or expiry, you have an appropriate licence from OS):

  • immediately cease using the Exploration Data;
  • destroy (or at our option return) all Exploration Data under this Licence that you hold or for which you are responsible including any Exploration Data that is embedded into any other material and provide written confirmation that you have done so at our request;
  • make sure anyone else you have supplied Exploration Data to under this Licence also adheres to these conditions.

Any provision that is expressly or by implication intended to survive the termination or expiry of this Licence shall continue in full force and effect.

8 Other General Provisions
This Licence sets out the entire agreement and understanding between you and us in respect of the subject matter of this Licence.
We reserve the right to change any part of this Licence, including the availability of the Exploration Data. We shall endeavour to provide reasonable notice of such changes but in certain circumstances we may be required to make changes with immediate effect.
Any notice under this Licence shall be effected when given to your registered e-mail address.
You shall not assign, transfer or novate rights and obligations under this Licence. We shall be entitled to assign, transfer or novate the benefits and obligations of this Licence to any government body or nominated subcontractor or, in the event of the transfer of all or any of our activities or functions to any other entity, to the entity to which our functions have been transferred. You expressly agree to the assumption of our obligations under this Licence by that entity.
This Licence will be governed by English law and both parties agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
A person who is not a party to this Licence has no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce or enjoy the benefit of any term of this Licence.

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