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Mountain & Moorland mapping specification improvement trial

Release of upgraded data into the Topography Layer

A number of key customers and stakeholders across Scotland have asked Ordnance Survey to investigate the options for amending the specification of our large-scale mapping of Mountain and Moorland areas in line with our current rural depiction. Changing business requirements and technological developments amongst our customer community are driving a discussion around the potential need to consider moving to a greater resolution of mapping for certain types of features and areas.

Recently Ordnance Survey has been proactively engaging with a small Expert Group of customers who have expressed an interest in exploring this issue. In consultation with the Expert Group and with the OSMA Management Group we have agreed that, in order to progress our shared understanding of options for moving forward, we would commit to a small pilot trial of improvements to selected areas of Scotland that are currently mapped at 1:10 000 in the OS MasterMap Topography Layer.

We are pleased to advise that we have delivered 57.3km2 of upgrade, from 1:10 000 specification to 1:2 500 specification, into the OS MasterMap Topography Layer with the 29th June 2015 publication of the product.

These areas were chosen based upon their mixture of land types, important infrastructure and intensity of land use.

We will be working with the Expert Group and the OSMA Management Group over the coming months to understand the benefits and impacts of the upgraded data and to determine what the next steps should be.

If you have an interest in this issue or would like to become involved in the debate, and are not yet part of the Expert Group, we would welcome your input. Please contact Andy Clark (OS MasterMap Topography Layer Product Manager) or Duncan Moss (Principal Consultant for Scotland).

Please note that this is a trial and Ordnance Survey is not at this stage making any commitment to further trials or to a programme of mapping improvements for the Mountain and Moorland areas.

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