Research and analysis

Ordnance Survey open data: economic value study

Evaluates the economic effects and benefits of open data produced by Ordnance Survey.



Summarises the findings from research undertaken to evaluate the economic effects and benefits of Ordnance Survey (OS) OpenData, and to inform on any future developments relating to open data from OS.

OS OpenData is a portfolio of 11 digital datasets of Great Britain produced by OS. These were made available for free use and re-use by all, including commercially, from 1 April 2010. The data is delivered through an OS OpenData portal operated by OS, which enables users to view maps and boundary information and download datasets direct to their computer, including for use in web-based mapping applications via the OS OpenSpace.

The research for the report was conducted between March 2011 and March 2012 - effectively the second full year of OS OpenData availability.

The OS OpenData initiative is projected to result in a range of productivity improvements throughout the economy of Great Britain, although this will result in reduced exports by OS. It is predicted that, by 2016, Great Britain’s real GDP will have increased by between £13 million and £28.5 million.

Published 19 June 2013