Wednesday, 18 November 2009

A big step in the right direction.

The news flew around twitter last night that Gordon Brown was announcing the opening up of a raft of data lists for use buy everyone whether for commercial purposes or otherwise. Although it is only speculation at this point it looks like the data involved will included Ordnance Survey maps down to a scale of 1:10,000, traffic and transport data allowing for better 3rd party journey planning applications, House price data and offense data for how nice is my locality sites and legislation as Free our Bills has been campaigning for.

There are still a lot of detail missing, such as is this all going to be directly added to or will the OS run a separate system, what licence will the data be released under and will this solve the problem that the OS currently cause stopping people from overlaying the data onto google maps.

For more information: Ordnance Survey maps to go free online - Guardian

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