Request for information - Ref No: FOI21983
Thank you for your email of 17 February 2021, which is being considered by Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. We acknowledge your information request to be:
“Pertaining to government FOI request:
The government has been informed that "a single seat licence of AddressBase Core would cost £3,681.25 direct from Ordnance Survey".
Please could I confirm whether OS provided the government with this information during the production of the geoplace public dataset, and confirm that AddressBase Core can indeed be purchased for business use directly from OS at the aforementioned price, in line with the ICO's claims.”
I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested.
Our responses are set out below to the questions raised in your email: -
1. “Please could I confirm whether OS provided the government with this information during the production of the geoplace public dataset”
In relation to the Freedom of Information request you refer to in your email above, and more specifically, the following quote which is taken from GeoPlace’s response (dated 25 September 2020) to the request for internal review of the same FOI request:
"a single seat licence of AddressBase Core would cost £3,681.25 direct from Ordnance Survey",
I can confirm that Ordnance Survey was consulted by GeoPlace LLP and provided the information relating to the sourcing and pricing of AddressBase Core that is referred to in the above quotation.
(If this is not the information that you are requesting, please provide further explanation. In particular, please clarify what part of government you are referring to and what you mean by the “geoplace public dataset”.)
2. “confirm that AddressBase Core can indeed be purchased for business use directly from OS at the aforementioned price in line with the ICO's claims”
I can confirm that AddressBase Core can be purchased for internal business use direct from Ordnance Survey for the price of £3,681.25. Having said that, Ordnance Survey’s position on this has changed since GeoPlace’s response of 25 September 2020, such that we now encourage customers, save for those in the Energy and Infrastructure sector, to source this data from one of our network of licensed partners. For information on how to find a licensed partner, please see this webpage: Find a Business Partner | List of Ordnance Survey Partners.
Whilst OS cannot set prices for our partners, we are confident that AddressBase Core will be available (on a single seat basis) from partners for no more than £3,681.25. However, we can confirm that, if you are unable to source the data from a partner, at or below such price, you should contact Ordnance Survey and we would license the data to you directly.
In the last part of the sentence above you refer to “in line with the ICO’s claims”; please note that we are unaware of the ICO having made any claims as to the price of AddressBase Core or the means of sourcing AddressBase Core.
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