Great Britain’s national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, has signed an historic agreement giving its Developer Partners access to sample data for the whole of the British Isles, including the Channel Islands. The agreement – with Ordnance Survey Ireland, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man government and the States of Jersey and Guernsey – opens up exciting new opportunities for Partners developing mapping-based applications and solutions.
Ordnance Survey’s Developer Programme offers a yearlong contract to individuals or organizations that want to develop a product or data solution that is based on geographical information. Developers are provided with large amounts of sample data over the web at minimal cost, and receive full technical support from Ordnance Survey during the year. Innovators can work with the data and even pilot the final product with test groups, as long as they do not sell it. At the end of the development period, developers may go on to become fully licensed commercial partners and market their application.
The new move now means that developers can work not only with data for Great Britain, but also the rest of the British Isles including the Channel Islands under a single licence through Ordnance Survey. For a nominal fee developers can receive up to £40 000 worth of sample data for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.
Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, Vanessa Lawrence, said
“We are delighted to have signed this agreement with mapping agencies and governments across the British Isles. Our Partners will now be able to develop their ideas through a much simpler process and have access to a wider range of quality data than ever before.”