About the PSGA
The PSGA sets out how Ordnance Survey (OS) provides its world-leading location expertise to OS Partners, developers and the public sector across Britain – how we support the delivery of critical infrastructure and services – from blue lights to streetlights.
The agreement builds on what we currently offer with:
- New, richer data
- New ways to access our data
- New freedoms to share data
What are the latest changes and what do they mean for me?
New ways to access our data products
Members and our partners also have access to a new plug-and-play product – AddressBase Core that gives 33 million addresses across GB in a simple-to-use, flat-file dataset.
As well as more data, anyone can access OS OpenData products via download or APIs, completely free.
There are four new OS OpenData identifier products: OS Open UPRN, OS Open USRN, OS Open TOID and OS Open Linked Identifiers. These will help you link and analyse data.
Our easy-to-use OS Data Hub
Our new OS Data Hub went live on 1 July. This digital platform replaces the OS OpenData portal for all users, and the API shop for our partners.
Anyone can find and access OS OpenData by download and APIs. Our partners can access premium data, including OS MasterMap Topography Layer, with six new APIs.
From the new OS Data Hub you can:
- Get free access to OS premium data (up to £1,000 or in developer mode only until September)
- Use OS OpenData via APIs with free, unlimited usage
- Easily download OS OpenData
- Access OS data through manual and automated downloads
- Monitor your usage and orders
- Report and track any errors and omissions
- Enjoy improved developer support and documentation
- Get in-app notifications on future developments
NB, you can use premium data up to the royalty-free threshold of £1,000 per calendar month, or in development mode. Use of premium data above the threshold of £1,000 per month will be possible after late September (date to be notified). Until then, if you exceed the threshold, your use of premium data will be temporarily suspended until the start of the following calendar month, though you can keep using OS OpenData in the interim. Our Premium Plan will be fully up and running from late September, when you'll be able to pay for usage above our royalty-free threshold of £1,000 per calendar month. The development mode and Open API access is always available too.
New APIs to provide up to date access to our most current products
Since 1 July, OS partners can access OS premium data, free up to a threshold of £1,000 pcm or in development mode, including OS MasterMap Topography Layer and 1:50 000 raster via APIs: OS Names API, OS Maps API, OS Vector Tile API, OS Features API, OS Linked Identifiers API and OS Places API.
Anyone can access our authoritative, maintained OS OpenData for personal or commercial use through many of these APIs as well.
Public sector members will be able to access most of these APIs free at the point of use from January 2021.
If you create or build APIs there'll also be a free threshold up to £1,000 per calendar month for you to use the premium datasets to develop apps, products and services for use by third parties, including the public – using OS’s or your own APIs.
New ways to share data
Our Open ID policy should help you join datasets and improve how our data works with yours.
We’ve also added property extents data for land ownership and local authority planning to the derived data you can publish under open government licence.
Driving innovation in location data
To stimulate innovation, you can use premium data for free up to £1,000 per month, or in development mode – so you can design, develop and launch applications.
We’ve also lowered royalties by up to 80% for offline use of data – including valuable property-level address data.
We’ll keep you updated as more products come on stream. And we have an ambitious roadmap in how we’re developing our authoritative, world-leading data.
Our work with expert user groups will bring improvements and new developments with real impact. This collaboration and learning will directly support the vision and outcomes of the Geospatial Commission’s National Geospatial Strategy.
How the PSGA supports Britain
The agreement represents a significant investment in the Government's world-leading geospatial asset and will see OS helping to generate economic value to the UK over ten years.
The changes we’re introducing under the PSGA support increased interoperability between important national and local government datasets.
With these greater freedoms to share data and better access to our data, we're encouraging innovation and allowing new opportunities for OS Partners, developers and public sector organisations.
The PSGA replaced the PSMA for England and Wales on 1 April 2020, and OSMA for Scotland on 19 May 2020. All PSMA and OSMA members who held, accessed or used OS premium data after this were considered to have accepted the PSGA Member Licence terms.