Skip to content

Our public task

Our public task sets out what we do for Britain on behalf of UK Government.

Under the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA), Ordnance Survey (OS) provides Great Britain’s national mapping services. We create, maintain and provide access to consistent, definitive and authoritative location data of Great Britain. Our expertise helps organisations to maximise the use, value and benefit of the data for the national interest and the public good.

Our public task means we:

  1. Create, maintain and improve the OS National Geographic Database (OS NGD). This contains the data that describes the geography of Britain;
  2. Provide access to the OS NGD with the public and private sectors;
  3. Provide technical and customer support to maximise the use, value and benefit of the OS NGD;
  4. Provide leadership, domestically and internationally, on best practice with regards geospatial data, standards and services; and
  5. Maintain and develop the underlying OS NGD.

The PSGA contract provides details of all of the activities we undertake to deliver our public task.