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Using OS data in education and research

Schools, colleges and universities can make sure they're licensed to use OS data.

We support and encourage students and researchers at all levels to use Ordnance Survey mapping data as part of their learning. 

To help you get the most out of OS data, we’ve provided suitable data licensing terms to our Partner, Edina to support the delivery of the National Curriculum and the Curriculum for Excellence.

OS data is free for students at the point of use. Places of education will only pay a fee to their chosen service provider to cover access to their service.

Acknowledge OS copyright

We ask that students, researchers, and those delivering teaching and learning, respect the copyright and data usage rules for OS data. Please acknowledge OS copyright. These rules will be set out in the service terms you will be asked to agree to. 

Here’s what students and researchers can do with OS data:

Use OS data for or in connection with teaching, learning, academic and sponsored research and/or private study.

Use OS data at or in connection with recognised places of education providing student learning or teacher training, whether on site, or remotely.

Use OS data at all levels of education, including schools, colleges, universities, research councils and other related entities.

Where relevant, use OS data to support the delivery of the National Curriculum and the Curriculum for Excellence.

Places of education can also use OS data to show their location, extent of campuses and/or the location and directions to an event organised by them.