Ordnance Survey promotes free charity use of maps and data

Ordnance Survey has launched a campaign to make service-delivering charities aware that they can use its services for free.

Many local authorities are licensed to use Ordnance Survey maps and data, and voluntary organisations that deliver services on their behalf are entitled to the same access.

However, many third sector organisations are paying for the services because they do not know they are eligible to use them, according to the national mapping agency.

A spokeswoman for OS said many projects involving social cohesion and sustainable communities could benefit.

"Meals on wheels schemes, school relocation planning or large-scale environmental clean-ups are all the types of projects that could use our information," she said.

"It can be really expensive and it's a huge unnecessary cost when they could get it through their partnership with the local authorities for free."

The Office of the Third Sector has agreed to send out leaflets explaining what charities are entitled to.

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