UK: Ordnance Survey released OS VectorMap District for developers to download, order on disc and view via Ordnance Survey’s free mapping portal. The new dataset has been specifically designed for online use and created to support the aims of Data.gov.uk.
Rob Gower, Ordnance Survey Technical Product Manager, said: “If you look at the range of public data that has been made available, a huge amount of it is based around location. From health statistics to crime rates and transport data, it all makes most sense when viewed in a geographical context. That is why we have created and released OS VectorMap District to provide that context.”
OS VectorMap District is best viewed at scales from 1:15,000 to 1:35,000 and is available in both raster and vector formats, the latter offering developers the chance to come up with their own unique styles to meet specific needs. “There are 38 different types of features, all of which can be customised and altered. If you want to highlight the roads, urban areas, change their colours or remove them completely, you can,” Gower added. “We wanted to make it as flexible as possible whilst even the raster version has a clean and clear design.”
OS VectorMap District has been released as an ‘alpha’ product, meaning it will be developed and enhanced over time in line with user feedback. Its larger‑scale counterpart, OS VectorMap Local, was launched in 2009 and is available under licence.
Source: Ordnance Survey