INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Ordnance Survey

LMO Description
Ordnance Survey
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Great Britain
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>Ordnance Survey is a government department responsible for the official, definitive surveying and topographic mapping of Great Britain. It is also responsible for maintaining consistent national coverage of other national important geospatial datasets.</p> <p>(Quoted from the Ordnance Survey Framework Document, July 2004, Sections 1.1 and 2.2)</p>
    Main Activities: 
    Ordnance Survey is the national mapping agency of Great Britain, collecting, maintaining, managing and distributing the definitive record of the features of the natural, built and planned environment, the definitive record of official boundaries and the record of such other naitonal geographic datasets as required by government and the private sector. (Quoted from the Ordnance Survey Framework Document, July 2004, Section 3.1) Ordnance Survey operates as a Trading Fund. The funded operations include in particular: maintaining and enhancing the National Topographic Database; delivering survey and mapping activities in the national interest; providing national coverage of medium and small scale maps; making available a range of products, licences and services to meet the needs of customers in the UK, in Europe and worldwide; providing survey, mapping and geospatial information products and services in support of broader government policies; developing, maintaining and enhancing other geospatial datasets; contributing to any government policy to develop partnerships with other public and private sector bodies; providing advice to government on all survey, mapping and geographical information matters; operations incidental, conducive or otherwise ancillary to the above operations. (Source: The Ordnance Survey Trading Fund Order 1999 Schedule 1)
    Further information on Ordnance Survey's remit can be found in the Framework Document at
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Mainly Great Britain, but experience in Europe and internationally
    Societal Sector: 
    Central Government
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    Ordnance Survey has extensive experience in the collection, management and supply of digital geographic information. We have successfully built a leading edge business based on the licensing of high quality digital geographic information to a wide customer base. Our experience extends to metadata, data specifications, network services and data policy issues. Within the UK we are Adviser to central government on survey, mapping and geographic information issues and take a leading role in the development of spatial data policies, standards and infrastructures in the UK. We have provided experts from the UK to go on to the INSPIRE Expert Group and Working Groups in the past and would hope to play a significant role in the future development of INSPIRE's Implementing Rules.
    Primary Business: 
    National Mapping Organisation