United Kingdom local councils
UK Government and Local Councils use maps extensively across many areas of operation: planning department, highways department, refuse collection, etc, etc. For many years they have been compelled (by the "mapping services agreement") to license Ordnance Survey map products at great expense. The Ordnance Survey Opendata announcements will no doubt bring about some fundamental changes in the way this works, but even before that, some forward-looking local councils experimented with using other map providers particularly for public facing online web mapping.
OpenStreetMap offers some very interesting possibilities in this area, not just as a provider of raster maps, but as a platform for engaging with local communities for gathering detailed map data, and presenting it back to them in interesting and useful ways. Feel free to use this page to flesh out some ideas for how local councils can do this.
- 1 Government use of OpenStreetMap data
- 2 OpenStreetMap use of Government resources
- 3 How else can the government help?
- 4 List of UK Councils
- 5 OpenStreetMap Development Platform in general
- 6 Great case studies
Government use of OpenStreetMap data
Tools / ideas / etc.
Mashups using OSM as a base map
Custom rendering to match a council website.
Maps for printed material. SVG output.
Providing local web developers with a platform - Government (perhaps even local government) could look at providing data APIs, tile services, widgets for local web developers. Much more do-able now all the data is open licensed. Also certain types of tools can be scaled easier for the limited area of a local council district (a very small area in OSM terms)
OpenStreetMap use of Government resources
|How to avoid infringing copyright
The United Kingdom mapping community supports the copyright guidance provided on the OpenStreetMap Copyright wiki page. If in doubt please ask in the talk-gb mailing list.
In the second half of the 2000s (decade), the Open Data movement grew increasingly loud. This led to the appointment of Sir Tim Berners Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt to oversee the release of data sets from various UK Government departments and the new data.gov.uk website. Many of these data sets are released under the new Open Government Licence, allowing royalty-free and commercial use of the data, including with OpenStreetMap.
This section discusses government data that may be of use within OpenStreetMap. It is split by data that has been released under a licence that is compatible with OpenStreetMap's licence and other data that is currently only available by request.
Data available for use in OpenStreetMap
The following government datasets have been released under licences that allow their use within OpenStreetMap:
- NaPTAN - Public transport access points (including every bus stop) in Great Britain.
- Ordnance Survey Opendata - A limited set of Ordnance Survey datasets.
- Natural England data - Includes land boundaries (e.g. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and National Trails.
- UK Food Hygiene Rating System - Listings of all hygiene rated businesses in the UK with approximate locations
Other Government Data
This section discusses data that may of some use to mapping in the United Kingdom. It does not signify that the data can be used within OpenStreetMap and all mappers are advised to check OSM's copyright policy. If you would like to use any of this data, you would first need to write to the copyright holder (often your local council).
- Lists of changes to highways/street naming notifications
Local Councils notify interested parties on the council's decisions on naming and numbering new properties and streets. As the highway network has now been densely surveyed and mapped, it would be an invaluable list of places that might need re-surveying or other editing. Often this is released on each councils website in the form of a PDF file per decision, in a human readable format only. The exact format differs by council. Read more.
- Definitive Statement & Definitive Map
In England and Wales each "surveying authority" is required to produce a statement (list) and map of public rights of way. Any path not on these documents by 2026 will no longer be a right of way. We are hoping to get some of these released under a compatible license so that we can help identify missing paths. See #List of UK Councils.
Compare OSM data to a CSV (e.g. from a gazetteer) - http://github.com/chrisfleming/osm-vs-csv
- data.gov.uk - Rights of Way search
Current Rights of Way Q&As - http://data.gov.uk/search/apachesolr_search/rights%20of%20way
How else can the government help?
Get the community mapping! Councils could help us run mapping parties (even if just through room hire).
List of UK Councils
Contact details, lists of members (useful for lobbying) and other information on each council may be found on Openly Local.
The following list of 152 local authorities are (believed to be) the "surveying authorities" responsible for maintaining a definitive map and statement of public rights of way in England. Please respect the © copyright when following external web links.
|Council||Region||Right of Way iMap|| Other
|Public Right of Way Definitive Statement & Definitive Map||Notes|
|Barking and Dagenham||London|
|Barnsley||Yorkshire and the Humber||download raw data|
|Bath and North East Somerset||South West England||download raw data|
|Bedford||East of England||view or download raw data|
|Bexley||London||download raw data|
|Blackburn with Darwen||North West England|
|Blackpool||North West England||view or download raw data|
|Bolton||North West England||view or download raw data|
|Bournemouth||South West England||view or download raw data|
|Bracknell Forest||South East England|
|Bradford||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Brighton and Hove||South East England||view or download raw data|
|Bristol, City of||South West England||view or download raw data|
|Buckinghamshire||South East England||view or download raw data|
|Bury||North West England||view or download raw data|||
|Calderdale||Yorkshire and the Humber||view or download raw data|
|Cambridgeshire||East of England||view||||Statements currently only in paper form. But an electronic copy is (slowly) being worked on.|| rjw62 requested statements and OGL use 2012-05-30. Only in paper form, so not practicable to provide us a copy.|
Using the ICO, on 2015-11-10 rjw62 managed to get a snapshot of Cambridgeshire PRoW data but "alas no sensible licence for reuse yet".
|Central Bedfordshire||East of England||view or download raw data|||
|Cheshire East||North West England||view or download raw data|||
|Cheshire West and Chester||North West England||view or download raw data|||
|City of London||London (corporation)|
|Cornwall||South West England||view or download raw data|||
|County Durham||North East England||view or download raw data|
|Cumbria||North West England||view||Definitive map currently being digitised. --TimSC (talk) 10:56, 31 October 2013 (UTC)|
|Darlington||North East England|
|Derbyshire||East Midlands||view or download raw data|||
|Devon||South West England||view|||
|Doncaster||Yorkshire and the Humber||view or download raw data|
|Dorset||South West England||view or download raw data|||
|Dudley||West Midlands||view or download raw data|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||Yorkshire and the Humber||download raw data|
|East Sussex||South East England||view or download raw data||more details about downloading|
|Essex||East of England||view or download raw data|
|Gateshead||North East England|
|Gloucestershire||South West England||view or download raw data||Statements only in paper form.||rjw62 requested statements and OGL use 2012-05-30. Only in paper form, so not practicable to provide us a copy.|
|Halton||North West England|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||London (inner)|
|Hampshire||South East England||view and download raw data||Definitive statements||http://data.gov.uk/dataset/hampshire-rightsofway looks like the RoW data. The data is also available from http://www3.hants.gov.uk/row/row-maps.htm; OS OpenData licence; we have confirmation from HCC and OS that we can use it.|
|Hartlepool||North East England|
|Herefordshire, County of||West Midlands||view or download raw data|
|Hertfordshire||East of England||view or download raw data||||Definitive Statements are provided online. We have permission to use them under the OGL.||rjw62 requested OGL use 2012-05-03. Now granted.|
|Isle of Wight||South East England||view||Provides Definitive Map scans from Feb 2000 online which may be outdated. (© Non-Free)||Dmgroom has initiated contact and will be following this up.|
|Isles of Scilly||South West England|
|Kensington and Chelsea||London (inner)|
|Kent||South East England||view||||TimSC requested via Open Kent, June 2012. Request declined.|
|Kingston upon Hull, City of||Yorkshire and the Humber||view||Definitive Maps are provided online (© Non-Free)|
|Kingston upon Thames||London|
|Kirklees||Yorkshire and the Humber||view or download raw data|
|Knowsley||North West England|
|Lancashire||North West England||view or download raw data|||
|Leeds||Yorkshire and the Humber||view|
|Leicester||East Midlands||Policy page|
|Leicestershire||East Midlands||Start page, from there select a town/village to view map or download raw data|
|Lincolnshire||East of England||view or download raw data|
|Liverpool||North West England|
|Luton||East of England|
|Manchester||North West England||view or download raw data|
|Medway||South East England||view or download raw data|
|Middlesbrough||North East England|
|Milton Keynes||South East England|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||North East England|
|Norfolk||East of England||view or download raw data||Definitive statements obtained by rjw62 in July 2016.|
|North East Lincolnshire||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|North Lincolnshire||Yorkshire and the Humber||download raw data||Definitive Maps are provided online (© unknown)|
|North Somerset||South West England||view or download raw data|
|North Tyneside||North East England|
|North York Moors National Park||download raw data|
|North Yorkshire||Yorkshire and the Humber||view|
|Northumberland||North East England||view or download raw data|
|Nottingham||East Midlands||view or download raw data||Statements in paper form only||rjw62 requested statements and OGL use 2012-05-15. Statements in paper form only, so not practicable for them to provide a copy. They may be amenable to one of us going in person and making their our copy though.|
|Nottinghamshire||East Midlands||view or download raw data||rjw62 requested statements and OGL use 2012-05-15.|
|Oldham||North West England||view or download raw data||more details about downloading|
|Oxfordshire||South East England||view or download raw data||||Definitive Map & Statements are provided online We have permission to use the Statements under the OGL.||rjw62 requested OGL use 2012-05-03. Now granted.|
|Peterborough||East of England||view or download raw data|
|Plymouth||South West Englad||view or download raw data|
|Poole||South West England||view or download raw data|
|Portsmouth||South East England||Definitive Maps are provided online (© unknown)|
|Reading||South East England|
|Redcar and Cleveland||North East England||view or download raw data||more details about downloading|
|Richmond upon Thames||London|
|Rochdale||North West England||view or download raw data|
|Rotherham||Yorkshire and the Humber||view or download raw data|
|Rutland||East Midlands||view or download raw data|
|Salford||North West England||view or download raw data||more details about downloading|
|Sefton||North West England||view or download raw data|
|Sheffield||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Shropshire||West Midlands||view or download raw data|||
|Slough||South East England||view or download raw data|
|Somerset||South West England||view or download raw data|
|South Gloucestershire||South West England||download raw data|
|South Tyneside||North East England|
|Southampton||South East England||view or download raw data|
|Southend-on-Sea||East of England|
|St. Helens||North West England||view or download raw data|
|Staffordshire||West Midlands||view or download raw data||more details about downloading|
|Stockport||North West England||view or download raw data|
|Stockton-on-Tees||North East England||view or download raw data|
|Suffolk||East of England||download raw data||some statements obtained under EIR||rjw62 has obtained permission to use the Definitive Statements under OGL with a specific attribution / disclaimer statement.|
|Sunderland||North East England|
|Surrey||South East England||Currently available: ||view||Data will soon be available here: .|
|Swindon||South West England|
|Tameside||North West England||view or download raw data|
|Telford and Wrekin||West Midlands||Statement|
|Thurrock||East of England||view or download raw data|
|Torbay||South West England||view or download raw data|
|Tower Hamlets||London (inner)|
|Trafford||North West England||view or download raw data|
|Wakefield||Yorkshire and the Humber||view or download raw data|
|Warrington||North West England||download raw data|
|Warwickshire||West Midlands||||Various maps available online or via WMS/WFS/TMS/WMTS under various licences|
|West Berkshire||South East England||view or download raw data|
|West Sussex||South East England||view or download raw data|| |
|Wigan||North West England||view or download raw data||Definitive Statements (© Non-Free)||rjw62 requested OGL use 2012-05-04. No reply, so follow-up sent 2012-06-29.|
|Wiltshire||South West England||view or download raw data|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||South East England||view or download raw data||Definitive Map and Statement|
|Wirral||North West England||download raw data||more details about downloading|
|Wokingham||South East England||view or download raw data|
|Worcestershire||West Midlands||view, WMS Service||||Scans of the definitive statement for each path can be accessed through the PRoW map. We have permission to use the statements under the OGL. The RoW data provided through the WMS service can be used under OS OpenData licence.||rjw62 requested OGL use 2012-05-03. Now granted. RobJN received confirmation that the WMS service is available under the OS OpenData Licence (Aug 2012) .|
|York||Yorkshire and the Humber||Bridleways, Footpaths|| ||Definitive map released by City of York Council under Crown Copyright / OGL 3.0 (May 2015)|
The following local authorities are (believed to be) the "surveying authorities" responsible for maintaining a definitive map and statement of public rights of way in Wales. Please respect the © copyright when following external web links.
|Council||Right of Way iMap|| Other
|Public Right of Way Definitive Statement & Definitive Map||Notes|
|Blaenau Gwent||view or download raw data|
|Brecon Beacons National Park Authority||download raw data||more details about downloading|
|Cardiff||view or download raw data|
|Ceredigion||view or download raw data|
|Conwy||view in English
edrych arno yn y Gymraeg
|Flintshire||view or download raw data|
|Gwynedd||download raw data|
|Isle of Anglesey|
|Neath Port Talbot|
|Pembrokeshire||download raw data||view|
|Rhondda Cynon Taf||download raw data||view|
|Swansea||view or download raw data|
|Torfaen||download raw data||view|
|The Vale of Glamorgan|
|Wrexham||view in English
edrych arno yn y Gymraeg
download raw data
OpenStreetMap Development Platform in general
The above ideas are more around end uses. There are some ideas we could work on before that though to make it easier to build end-use apps. These ideas are not really specific to UK councils, but considering council-sized areas of data presents some interesting possibilities.
Turn NOVAM into something that can be used to check any specified POI data, including imports
- Extract server
- A basic extract server. Extract greater london.
- Pull in updates (minutely?)
- Extract individual boroughs by their boundary=administrative outlines
- Extract formats
A small area like a London borough would allow us to convert to other formats. Could be interesting to build these into an extract server:
- XAPI-like tag extracts
(but avoiding trying to install XAPI!) Again this is nicely simplified by considering an area the size of a borough:
- Extend extract server to also provide various tag extracts.
- e.g. Extract all shops. Extract all bus stops. Extract all recycle bins.
- Multiple themed tags in one download? e.g. for kids: schools, play areas, youth clubs. Low Carbon Zones showing all renewables
- A useful (but optional) format simplification might be to convert POIs mapped as areas (e.g. schools) back to single nodes (centrepoints)
- POI formats: GeoRSS, KML, GPX, Tabular CSV data.
- Visualising XAPI-like results
Having built above features we'd want out-of-the box OpenLayers (or Mapstraction?) configs or at least sample code for easily hooking up to it and seeing the results. e.g. all school POIs as markers on a slippy map. Maybe take ideas from NaPTAN/Novam ()
Great case studies
NaPTAN data import (bus stops, etc.)
Ordnance Survey Opendata being traced / imported / etc.
Surrey Air Survey to provide free aerial photography of Surrey for tracing by councils and OSM volunteers.