Public Sector

Over 4,000 public sector organisations are achieving benefits from analysing, referencing and display of geospatial data, sharing common geographical reference points across the public sector. Geospatial data works by linking together disparate datasets, using location to reveal patterns and insights that are used to help decision making.

How are organisations using OS data?

Public sector organisations are using mapping data in a variety of different ways:

  • Central government uses mapping data to understand the needs of the country and inform government policy. Central government case studies
  • Local authorities use mapping data to improve public services like local health services and waste management. Local government case studies
  • Town, parish and community councils are using mapping data to construct neighbourhood plans and to localise flooding risk. Local council case studies

Find our more about how we help on the OS Public sector LinkedIn showcase.

If you work for a public sector organisation or one of their contractors, you will have free access to our geospatial data, thanks to our mapping agreements.

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How are organisations like mine using mapping data?
Find out in our case studies.

What do I need to use mapping data?
You'll need geographic information system (GIS) software. Mapping agreements give you access to data but not software.