A lot of you already know about this and I’m feeling pretty left out that I didn’t know, nope I take that back I am downright angry that I didn’t know.
What am I talking about? Almost all the OS OpenData is available free through ArcGIS Online to ESRI UK customers, not only that, they had created greyscale versions of some of the data…..something I normally spend a few days over on each refresh of the data….WHY WASN’T I TOLD??!!
Okay, so anger to one side, this is a great resource, ready symbolised basemaps, no need to load the data to your system or worry about the amount of space you are going to have to explain away to IT.
ESRI claim that the OS Open Data basemap is derived from enhanced vector versions of OS OpenData products Strategi and Vector Map District. Enhancements include additional road and street labels at mid- and large scales to improve the level of content. The basemap is designed to be used as a backdrop to analysis and any additional overlaying data layers. The subtle cartographic design provides clean and consistent mapping from small to large scale.
Have a look at these examples:
What else is available?
As well as the OS Open Data Base map, there is a plethora of other useful free OS Open Data products, ideal for basemaps, mid scale interrogation or reference:
- OS Boundary-Line®
- OS Meridian™ 2
- OS Land-form PANORAMA®
- OS Strategi®
- OS MiniScale®
- OS 1:250k Colour Raster
- OS StreetView®
- OS Code-Point Open
- OS Locator™
I take back some of my earlier comments about ESRI not giving you much for your money. To have invested the time and storage space to put this on their servers and then to provide this as a free service, ESRI has shown that they are starting to understand their customers.
Here is some further information on the Open Data basemap from the ESRI website:
OpenData Basemap information
Features & Benefits
- a comprehensive range of features such as railways, airports, ferries, cities, towns, other settlements and geographic names.
- full Great Britain coverage
- uncluttered and clean mapping
- small to large scale
Central Government, Defence, Education, Insurance, Local Government, Public Safety, Utilities, Private sector
Cached map service
Coordinate Reference System
British National Grid (OSGB36)
So what are you waiting for?? Regi8ster and get using it now!