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FIND April 2011 Newsletter

On 1 April this year the Ordnance Survey (OS) launched the new Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA). This initiative gives public bodies access to a range of OS maps and data completely free of charge. It is designed to help bodies map and manage their assets, communicate issues to the public more effectively, and to aid in strategic decision making.

So what does this new licence actually mean for you?

If you are part of a local, parish or community council, emergency service, health authority, development agency, environmental organisation, local authority or government department, you will benefit from being able to access this free map data. If you work for a private company performing work on behalf of a public body that requires the use of map data, you are also set to benefit, being also entitled to OS data for free. All you need to do is fill in a contractor licence available on the Ordnance Survey website.

Mariam Crichton

Product spotlight - Detailed River Network

  • Fully attributed and topologically correct river network map created by the Environment Agency, covering England and Wales
  • Along with the river name and type, this map records the direction of flow, source points, sink points, tributary junctions, isolated ditches and canals
  • Use this map in environmental desk studies, including tracing pollutants to source, modeling the impact of a pollution incident, and performing network analysis within GIS software

"Our work required the use of maps in CAD format for us to easily manipulate and illustrate our proposals. FIND maps was ideal in allowing us to download and use the relevant data with no fuss. The FIND portal allowed me to quickly and easily view Environment Agency data, especially the river network, which was vital to our off-grid designs. We are very happy with the service we receive and will continue to use FIND for our environmental data needs."

- Chau Lee, Director, Ecovril Ltd

Top FIND blog posts and news this month

FIND tip of the month - copy map coordinates


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