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Licensed Use of Ordnance Survey Data by Educational and Teacher Training Establishments

Following a recent review of our educational licensing policy, we have made some changes to our licensing arrangements. This is to better match the changing way that educational users now license our data through the various educational products and services available and our associated licensing terms and conditions. As a result, we have withdrawn our fee-based education licence "Reproduction of Ordnance Survey mapping for educational purposes".

Educational establishments now need only accept our licensing terms and conditions (and pay any relevant fee) associated with the product and/or service that they are licensing. For example, Edina, Digimap or other Ordnance Survey Partner products and services.

We adopt the same general approach to licensing across these various products and services. We use common terms so that customers understand and recognise the rights we grant even when using different services. Nevertheless, there may be some variations in the detail of the specific terms and conditions involved. Customers should ensure that they have read the full terms and conditions of their licence agreement and agree to be bound by those terms and conditions before using their chosen data service and the Ordnance Survey data within it.

For further information on some of the available products/services please follow the educational link relevant to your particular establishment. I.e. Schools or Higher Education from our education home page.

The key rights we grant in relation to Ordnance Survey mapping data are, in summary:

1. For ‘Educational Use’ meaning for the purpose of teaching, learning, educational or academic research and private study within an educational establishment.

2. Permission to use the mapping data for Educational Use in the following ways:

  • For searching, retrieving, saving, displaying and viewing the mapping data, for example, in a geographic information system (GIS);

  • For creating, copying and saving educational and academic materials in printed or electronic form. For example, this could include pupil/student coursework and course notes, assignments, portfolios, theses, learning resources, teaching resources, teacher training materials, conference papers, academic and journal articles;

  • For using the mapping data in educational or academic research or for private study as part of the course or study programme offered by the establishment being attended.

  • For publishing electronic versions of any of the materials created as part of any of the activities above on the secure intranet of the establishment involved.

  • For providing any of the materials created to external assessors or examiners.

3. Permission to use the mapping data for ‘Limited Administrative / External Use’. This means using the mapping data to generate a map for display on a website or to make a printed map that serves one or more of the following purposes:

  • Shows the location of an establishment or other fixed assets leased, owned or managed by that establishment

  • Shows the location of an event organised by an establishment up to and for the duration of that event

  • Provides directions or routes to an establishment’s premises and/or fixed asset and/or event as outlined above

  • Shows the catchment or operational area of an establishment

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