Cadcorp is providing software support for three free-to-use data products from Ordnance Survey, comprising OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Roads and OS Open Rivers.
Support for the new data products was added in a recent service release of the Cadcorp Spatial Information System (SIS) suite. The three vector-based datasets provide a nationally-consistent and high-level cartographic view of buildings, road networks and rivers and waterways throughout Great Britain.
OS OpenData products are free to view or download for use in both personal and commercial applications and are used by many Cadcorp customers to provide a background against which to view their own business data.
However, the recently-supported data sets offer more than a static graphic backcloth because they describe identifiable landscape features. Cadcorp said that this would open up extensive possibilities to its customers, allowing, for example, users of Cadcorp Map Modeller to run network analyses on the OS Open Roads data.
Martin McGarry, managing director, Cadcorp, said, “We are an active member of the Ordnance Survey Insight programme so we get early access to new product developments. We have used this position to make it as easy as possible for customers to read OS data formats and to import this data into Cadcorp SIS.
“As we have done with all data formats, we have enabled our users to access OS OpenData products using simple user interface such as drag-and-drop. Our users don’t have to use data conversion packages, don’t have to restructure geometry, and don’t have to implement complex styling rules themselves.”