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Latest OS OpenData Product Withdrawals (Meridian 2, Strategi, and OS Street View)

    • 15 March 2016 02:26PM
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    • Registered: 18 June 2015 08:08AM
    • Last active: 31 October 2016 11:40AM

    Following the announcements of the Comprehensive Spending Review, the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) have asked OS to cease maintenance of OS Meridian® 2, Strategi®, and OS Street View as of the 31 March 2016.

    The OS OpenData products can be replaced by our more recent open data releases, including OS Open Map Local and OS Open Roads. Replacement workaround options are available on the product web pages.

    OS Open Map Local is a great backdrop over which to display and analyse your data. The benefits of OS Open Map Local are:
    • Understand your area in detail, including the location of key sites such as schools and hospitals.
    • Share high-quality maps of development proposals to help interested parties to understand their extent and impact.
    • Analyse data in relation to important public buildings, roads, railways, lines and more.
    • Present accurate information consistantly with other open data products.

    The benefits of OS Open Roads are:
    • Understand and view the road network at a 'high level' with generalised geometry and network connectivity.
    • Identify locations and pin information, such as incident or accident hotspots.
    • Share information on the connected network for personal business use.
    • Display results in context using OS Open Map - Local Mapping.

    The last product updates for Meridian 2 and Strategi were in January 2016, whilst OS Street View will be released for the last time in April 2016.

    The products will still be available on the OpenData ordering page until 31 March 2017, with the intention to withdraw fully after this period.

    Further details of the OS OpenData products can be found on the OS OpenData web pages, https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/products/opendata-products-grid.html

    We know that the roads elements of Meridian 2 and Strategi are used by some of you to create simple road networks. Bearing in mind that we aren’t going to be updating them again, we’ve published pages explaining how to maintain the currency of your roads content, so you can keep using it for generalised routing purposes:

    • Meridian 2 roads data work-around: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/help-and-support/products/meridian2-roads-work-around.html

    • Strategi roads data work-around: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/help-and-support/products/strategi-roads-work-around.html

    Many Thanks and kind regards.

    4 responses

      • 22 March 2016 09:34AM
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      • Registered: 25 February 2015 01:35PM
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      Hi OS
      I downloaded the Open Map Local shapefiles and translated to MapInfo tab files.
      Unfortunately these look nothing like OS Streetview, and nothing like the map shown on the Open Map Local introductory page.
      Am I missing something?
      If styling work is required, then we will have to stick with Streetview, as we don't have the resources to do this.

        • 23 March 2016 08:09AM
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        Thank you for your enquiry regarding OS Open Map - Local.

        At present, this is still a Beta product (where we are collecting and receiving feedback on the product offering and usage with our customers). It should also be noted that the product is currently only available as a vector dataset, which means some work will be needed to provide the presentation you desire.

        However, to make this process easier, we have provided a Getting Started Guide which does include steps for MapInfo customers. This, and other useful documents can be found within the 'Useful Downloads' section on the Product web page here: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/help-and-support/products/os-open-map-local.html

        OS Street View will have a final release in April 2016 which enables current customers of this product to continue using it for some time.

        The OS Open Map - Local product, when made fully available later this year (expected in the last quarter of 2016), will also encompass a Raster option which will provide customers with an alternative option to that of which OS Street View provided.

        I hope this information proves helpful but do let us know if there are any further questions or concerns on this matter.

        Kind regards.

        Terry Haines
        Product Manager

          • 9 March 2017 04:10PM
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          • Registered: 11 October 2016 08:09AM
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          Just to confirm that the raster version of OS Open Map - Local is now available from the download portal. This is the quickest way to get started with OS Open Map - Local and it has been designed to have the same tile size / names as OS StreetView to make migration as easy as possible.

          It can be downloaded here: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendatadownload/products.html#OMLRAS

            • 10 March 2017 10:29AM
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            • Registered: 25 February 2015 01:35PM
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            Thanks OS, I have now downloaded the raster version. At first glance it looks very similar to Streetview, but we will do some testing.

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