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Accessing data for the Connected Cities challenge

There are a range of ways you can access our data to help you take on the IC tomorrow Connected Cities challenge:

Use OS OpenData

Since April 2010, we have made a range of location data available for free to foster innovation and encourage government transparency. Anyone can download data to help them build applications underpinned by geography for any purpose. Postcode and administrative boundary datasets are among those freely available and have already been used in a variety of interesting and innovative uses. This is backed up by access to a free API OS OpenSpace.

Access OS Open Data for free

Use Hampshire OpenData

The Hub is a centre of national excellence for the use and promotion of Open Data within Local Authorities. There is a wealth of information that can be accessed from the Hampshire Hub website. Just as with the OS OpenData this data is free to use and re-purpose.

Sample all of our premium products

Alternatively, samples of ALL our premium products can be downloaded from our sample data page. From this page links are available to all the product pages and the technical documentation for each product. (Note: Geospatial information – when dealing with the data files – requires a certain amount of ‘getting used to’ in terms of the data structures, and file formats. The technical files will help!

Fill in our developer licence

If for any reason the above don’t meet your requirements, you can request access to data via a developer licence (Developer Licence form). The successful company will also have access to all premium products they require under a developer licence as well as expert assistance.

How to fill in the licence form

The Developer Licence is a simple electronic form that provides access to sample digital mapping to enable you to develop, test and demonstrate our data to your potential customers.

To speed the process up, use the following information on the form:
Q5: use ‘other’ and add note “IC tomorrow Connected Cities Challenge competition”

Once you have completed the form, please send it back to: customerservices@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

More information

How can digital solutions assist local government in their delivery of health care services? Find out who won this challenge, supported by Hampshire Hub.

We are working in partnership with IC tomorrow, a Technology Strategy Board programme that stimulates innovation and economic growth in the digital sector by breaking down barriers and opening doors for a new generation of entrepreneurs.

OS OpenData offers a wide range of digital map products which you can freely view or download, for use in both personal and commercial applications.

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