The PSGA sets out how Ordnance Survey (OS) provides world-leading location expertise to the public sector across Britain. Public sector organisations can use most of OS data under the PSGA.
Public sector licensing guide
Learn what you can do with your PSGA member licence
The Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA)
Your PSGA member licence
View the PSGA member licence and the Royal Mail's Public Sector licence
Your PSGA licence commitments
View the PSGA member licence commitments
As a member you can:
- Use OS data in your day-to-day activities to support your operations and meet your public task.
Read our OS public task page for more information.
- Share OS data, and your OS derived data, with other public sector organisations who are also licensed under a PSGA member licence.
- Share your information with anybody who is involved in providing an immediate response in emergency situations, even if they are not licensed to use OS data.
- Share your digital information with third parties:
2. End users
3. INSPIRE end users (relates to OS derived data only, rather than 'raw' OS data)
4. For public viewing (make your information publicly available in print, online and as data)
5. Innovators who wish to use your OS derived data (rather than 'raw' OS data) to research and develop ideas and propositions
6. Pre-approved third parties (licensed partners).
- Publish your derived data:
1. Free to use data (the licensee not the licensee's sub-licensee shall recreate, reproduce or represent any feature attribution or any feature in any topographic dataset, or any substitution of such feature attribution or feature)
2. Presumption to publish (data.gov.uk, Open Government Licence (OGL))
- Use products included within the PSGA.
Your licence doesn't allow you to:
- Use OS data beyond what is permitted by the member licence (PDF).
- Use OS data to make any financial gain/profit from your activity, although you can speak to OS to arrange an alternative licence that would permit this.
- Use OS data in any competing activity. If you wish to use OS data to compete with OS or an OS licensed partner, you can only do so if you enter into the appropriate commercial licence.
Your responsibilities are to:
- Make sure you only use OS data for a purpose that meets your (non-commercial, non-competing) core business.
- Take the necessary steps to prevent unauthorised access to OS data.
- Let OS know if you suspect any infringement of OS copyright and support their investigations. This includes providing them, when requested, with access to records of who you have supplied data to.
- Pass on appropriate licensing terms to third parties when sharing OS data. This normally means sending the terms in a document along with the data you are providing.
- Include a copyright/database right statement with the appropriate trademarks, to clearly acknowledge your use of OS copyright/database right material in printed and online maps.
- Only release your OS derived data under the terms of the Open Government Licence (OGL) where the data either (i) meets the derived data exemption publishing criteria and you have completed a presumption to publish form, or (ii) you have applied to OS for, and been granted, an exemption permitting you to publish the data under such terms.
Sharing OS data
Public sector organisations often need to share data they get from OS with other organisations and community groups.
PSGA members can share OS data with each other with no restrictions.
If you’re a Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) member, we want to make it easy for you to share OS data with others when it supports your core work. Below are four licences that we have created for you as part of the PSGA Member Licence to enable such sharing.
In addition, PSGA members can also share derived data with an OS Licensed Partner where they're already licensed under a (Framework Contract Partners) with us. Check your Member Licence for more details.
Create and publish derived data
Helpful links for creating and publishing derived data