Interesting news from Downing Street. It has announced that it intends to make most Ordnance Survey maps free for use online from April 2010.

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web appears to have convinced Number 10 that this is the best way forward. For anyone who has read of my own problems with the OS, it will be obvious that this is a very welcome development. It remains to be seen, however, if it will actually happen or whether the OS resist the idea.

The scope of the proposal is impressive – in total over 11,000 public datasets are to be made available including, from the OS, electoral and local authority boundaries, postcode areas and mapping.

Official report here and here

Full story at the Guardian

But why no reports of this in the Scotsman or the Herald?

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