By signing up to the Public Sector Plan on the OS Data Hub you have the opportunity to benefit from more efficient data management and transform how you work with OS using APIs
The Public Sector Plan offers PSGA members:
- Access to OS Premium and OS OpenData via APIs and download
- A dashboard to track your organisation’s use of APIs
- API documentation including overviews, getting started guides and technical specifications
- The Error Reporting tool to report errors and omissions found in our data*
- Support, and information about how to contact us
*AddressBase Islands products will need to continue to be reported through the usual routes until they are added into the new tool later this year.
Signing up to the Public Sector Plan
If you’re using OS data for the first time, when you sign up we’ll ask you to get in touch with your organisation’s OS Data Hub Admin, who you can ask to invite you to join your organisation’s Public Sector Plan account.
Signing up to the Public Sector Plan is easy, just follow these simple steps:
- Go to the OS Data Hub and select ‘Sign up’
- Choose the Public Sector Plan
- Enter your email address* and create a password
- Confirm your details, and you’re ready to go
*You’ll need to verify your email address, please check your spam folder if you don't receive a verification code
Here’s how using APIs can benefit your organisation
APIs are another way of accessing OS data. The overriding benefit of using APIs is that they make data management more efficient, saving you time and resources. An API gives you direct access to up-to-date data, which means you don’t have to spend time downloading and managing data.
Watch our short film to hear more from API Product Manager Charley Glynn:
Find out how OS data and APIs can help the Public Sector
Health and Social Care
The need for accurate addressing data has never been greater for the health and social care public sector.
The environment is a huge priority for the public sector in the coming years as the UK was the first to pass net zero carbon emissions into law.
National Security and Resilience
Managing emergencies is a major part of the challenge of creating safe communities.
It’s clear from ‘The Planning for the Future’ White Paper published in August 2020 that planning reform would be a key priority for the public sector in coming years.
With government transport policy committed to getting people moving around quicker and safer in future years, the onus is on the public sector to adapt to meet those challenges.
Our APIs have been tried and tested
Our partners and members have been using our APIs through the OS Data Hub since July 2020. Here’s what some of them had to say.
“The PSGA has brought about faster and greater access to data in the form of OS APIs and the OS Data Hub. The APIs allow for direct and fast integration with these data sets and opens the door to developing more complex web mapping services for use internally or publicly.”
"OS have invested a great deal of time and effort in the OS Data Hub, and we at Cadcorp have no doubt that it is a practical, sensible and desirable way of delivering OS data, and that it is here to stay."
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
"I’ve tested the OS Maps API in QGIS and set up a couple of Projects for people that I’ve worked with this week, just to get a feel for user feedback… initial response is brilliant rendering speed for those working at home, users overjoyed! Really like the simplicity and functionality of the (OS Data Hub) dashboard as well.”
Read our blogs
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Which geospatial API do I need?
We want to help you choose the right geospatial API for your use case by presenting a series of user stories and recommending the API that is the best fit.
Comparing the past to the present with the new OS Maps API layers
Chris Fleet, Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland offers us insight into his experience of the new OS Data Hub.