Some of the key steps in working with Ordnance Survey digital mapping products are planning how you will:
- capture/store your data and store Ordnance Survey products (map datasets)
- load and view the data on your local computer/within your organisation's IT environment
- combine/process the data, so you can visualise your information in the right way, to address your needs/analyse your problem
If you are new to working with geographic data, you may want to view our getting started page
before you jump in to obtaining a geographic information system.
Once you have a firm idea of your needs, the following information will help you consider where you could obtain the software you need to manage and share your map data.
See below for an overview of a selection of providers of GIS software and services, to help you with a range of different activities.
Simplicity and ease of use
If you are looking for a simple, convenient solution, then the following providers can offer a simple GIS service to help you get you started.
If you are a Parish or Town council, or small public sector organisation requiring access to maps and aerial photography, Parish Online can offer you help.
Pear Technology provide interactive digital mapping software designed specifically for non IT specialists. The full range of Pear GIS products is backed up with a full map preparation service and technical support for an abundance of market sectors, including Local Councils & other public sector organisations, Schools, Arboriculture, Farms & Estates.
OpusMap lets you create personalised, custom maps, styled to suit your project, website or brand.
Low cost solutions
If you are seeking a solution to minimise your costs, please consider the following applications:
Quantum GIS (QGIS) is an open source (community developed) user friendly Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS helps you visualise, manage, edit, analyse data, and compose printable maps.
If your need is simply to embed Ordnance Survey mapping data into your website, then Ordnance Survey's Open Space product may be the answer.
Easy to use, low cost software and digital maps for PC, iPhone, iPad and Android. Plan routes, print maps, or navigate and record using OS maps and your phone or tablets GPS. Suitable for users with or without GIS experience. Contact us for your free trial.
More advanced/technical requirements
If you have a good understanding of GIS and your organisation has more extensive requirements in terms of its use of digital mapping data, the following providers may be appropriate for your needs.
A leading digital map data company, specialising in global mapping for a range of industries. Europa also work specifically with public sector clients. and offer to remove the complexities of access to the PSMA data (and also OS OpenData products).
Established in 2000, Basemap offers a wide range of products and consultancy services. Their aim is to provide the best solutions for different organisations in both the public and private sectors.
thinkWhere offer a broad range of GIS services covering the entire GIS lifecycle: from hosted services and consultancy through to training and support. thinkWhere are certified to the quality management standard ISO9001:2008 for the provision of GIS services.
MapMechanics provide innovative map-based analysis software and services including GIS, digital mapping, sales and marketing applications, and logistics planning solutions such as territory optimisation or routing and scheduling.
Large scale deployments
For larger and more complex deployments of Geographic Information Systems, the following providers may be worth considering for larger projects.
MapInfo® (owned by Pitney Bowes Software) offer a powerful Microsoft® Windows® based mapping and geographic analysis application, helping you visualise the relationships between data and geography. Learn more about what MapInfo can offer.
ArcGIS is a comprehensive system for designing and managing solutions through the application of Geographic Information, to support a greater understanding of your data, deep analysis and to support more informed business decisions. Learn more about ArcGIS
Snowflake offer data exchange solutions via open standards for geospatial customers. Their products (GO Loader and GO Publisher) enable geographic information specialists to easily load, publish, visualise and share geospatial data.
Cadcorp is a UK-based developer and supplier of world leading geographic information systems (GIS) and web mapping software. Their cost-effective solutions help organisations in the public and private sectors maximise investment in geographic information.
Please use the link below to acccess ContractorLink if you are managing work with 3rd party contractors.
Please also visit the PSMA licensing page or OSMA licensing page for more on third-party contractor licensing.
If you have a large number of 3rd Party contractors which you need to licence and manage, then you may want to engage with Emapsite and consider using their ContractorLink service. Emapsite are an Ordnance Survey partner who support the distribution and ma