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Free our detailed Ordnance Survey data for non-profit organisations

Comment 2nd July 2010

Some of the Ordnance Survey data has been made open/free already, which I congratulate the government, but I would like to see the more detailed mapping products become free too, especially within government departments, agencies, local government, charities and to the public.

Why does this matter?

Currently government departments, agencies, charities and local government pay hundreds of thousands of pounds of public or donated money buying mapping data that has already been paid for by the public. I can understand Ordnance Survey charging private companies who want to use the maps to make a profit, but I think organisations, charities, government departments who want to use the data as part of their role in improving society and who do not make a profit should be able to have the detailed mapping data for free.

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