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Making things with Ordnance Survey Linked Data…

Following the example of “Making things with BBC data” I thought I’d ask the same question for Ordnance Survey linked data. Please leave a comment if you’ve used Ordnance Survey linked data for anything from a quick hack, full blown project or if you even just link to it in your data. Thanks!



  1. November 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

    http://data.southampton.ac.uk/bus.html uses the postcode URIs and RDF provided by O.S. to easily resolve locations of postcodes to let people find nearby bus stops. Thanks for that, it’s really helpful.

  2. November 3, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Hi John, we use the OS linked data a lot. Some examples:

    http://opendatacommunities.org (Linked data for Index of Multiple Deprivation)
    http://opendatacommunities.org/imd_mapper/map.html (Interactive map of IMD data)
    http://myweb.mydex.org/ (prototype local data collation)

    Key things are links from postcode to location and from postcode to containing admin geography region; and links between different admin geography regions.

    As well as using the OS linked data directly, we’ve also made additional linked data from other OS-related open data sources, eg Lower-level super output areas based on ONS/OS info (http://opendatacommunities.org/datasets/geography) and Scottish statistical geog (http://linkedscotland.org/datasets/sns-geography).

    Keep up the great work!



  3. November 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Hi John,

    The Bathing Water Quality dataset has reference information for designated bathing waters in England and Wales. Each of those has ‘district’ links through to the both the ordnance survey linked data admin geography and to (what I hope) will be the ONS GSS based statistical geographies.


    will get you to a starting point for listing bathing waters… more interesting (perhaps) is something like:


    There’s more info to be had about the URI patterns a:


    and a little demo app that plots stuff on a map and charts the underlying BWQ data at:




  4. November 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

    HI John,

    I’ve built links to the Ordnance Survey data from a couple of recent conversions including:

    Renewable Energy Generators

    Yahoo Geoplanet

    NHS Organization

    The linking of NHS organizations to OS data let me mix that data, some performance statistics and the OS linked data into a richer dataset:


    That allows doing more sophisticated queries on stats because we can take into account the administrative geography.

  5. November 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

    TSO have used OS boundary data and London Gazette corproate insolvency data for a mash up showing information on firms entering insolvency mapped on to council ward, local authority.

    OS data is also key to the Data Enrichment Service which automatically adds linked data to text.
    http://openup.tso.co.uk/content/images/7112%20OPENUP%20Info%20Sheet%231.pdf and

  6. November 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Hi John,

    In the LOCAH Linked Archives Hub dataset, we make links (using the OS RDF vocabularies) from archival repositories (as places) to the OS Postcode Units within which they are located, e.g.


    is linked to


  7. November 11, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Hi John,

    We used Ordnance Survey data in the LUCERO project (http://data.open.ac.uk) to get Postcode information of the university buildings.


    This allowed us to get also the Latitude and Longitude details, enabling us to plot the buildings on a map.

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