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Public sector mapping agreements

How to use your data

Joining a mapping agreement gives you access to high quality digital mapping – and the support you need to make the most of it. Get started now.

Using any new digital product can involve a learning experience. If you are not already familiar with using geographic information (or GI) and would like some guidance on the steps involved to get the most from Ordnance Survey digital mapping products, please make use of the materials provided below.

Here are some questions you might want to consider, to get the best from using geographic information provided by a public sector mapping agreement:

What are your business needs?

  • Before you decided you needed a map or Ordnance Survey digital product, what was your business or organisational need?
  • What are the outputs you want from your geographic information system to solve your problem?
  • What data do you have that you would like to show on a map? This might be addresses or locations.
  • What kind of digital mapping information would help you solve your problem? Examples include street names, route networks and land contours.
  • Have you considered which would be the most appropriate geographic information software to meet your business need?
  • What skills and IT resources do you have, to manage and work with geographic data?

Choosing the right geographic information system is a key decision in this process, once you have clearly defined your needs.

If you are a department in a larger organisation, you may need to create a business case for this work, so answering the above questions will help you do this.

The sections below are designed to give you further help to answer these questions.

Geographic Information and map data concepts

Geographic information (GI) and data is quite a wide field (no pun intended) and there are many terms and concepts that you will need to become familiar with to get the most out of using our products.

Here are some questions and answers that you might help when you start to learn about GI and data products.

GI Questions and Answers:

This example from Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) shows how they have benefitted from using Ordnance Survey products to access more details about an emergency location and improve their response times reaching an incident.

The sections below show more detail about how GI can support the analysis of complex data to the benefit of your organisation

Using map products to analyse your data

One of the greatest benefits from using Ordnance Survey mapping products is the ability to display and analyse complex data. Here are some resources to help explain what you can achieve in terms of analysis and an example of how our data can be loaded into a Geographic Information System.

If you decide to host and manage your map data locally, loading and managing data is a task that someone in your organisation will need to be able to manage. These videos should help you to understand the work involved and some of the skills required.

Where can I get the software and support to work with your data?

If you need help with managing your geographic data or would like to engage with a partner to help manage your requirements, please visit software for mapping.

Useful links

Get the most out of your membership of the PSMA or OSMA with our online support: product and licensing guides; support forums, videos and more.

Use our support resources to get the maximum benefit from using our digital map data products and, if you're in the public sector, your mapping agreement membership.

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