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Spatial Information Programme - co-ordinating spatial data management across Scotland's local authorities

One Scotland Mapping Agreement

The Spatial Information Service (SIS) represents local government’s interests in the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA). This agreement allows the whole of the Scottish public sector to access and use Ordnance Survey (and several other organisations') data products for their own business purposes. SIS ensures that the OSMA community has access to local government’s spatial data and address information via the Spatial Hub and One Scotland Gazetteer respectively. The current OSMA terms runs until 2023.


OSMA is funded by member organisations. The various sectors (Scottish Government and agencies, local government and NHS) all contribute an agreed percentage. Contractor or end user licences can be used to provide data to contractors working with OSMA members or the general public, respectively.


Case studies of OSMA data usage:


  • All OSMA members have access to up-to-date address information for their business uses via either the One Scotland Gazetteer or Ordnance Survey’s AddressPoint product.
  • Registers of Scotland depend on OS mapping to register the 78,000 property transactions (with a value of £11 billion) last year. Every title is referenced against Ordnance Survey mapping.
  • The Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics are all based on data derived from OS products and are used to support decision-making on public sector spending, including community partnerships with NHS and local government.
  • Transport Scotland relies on OS mapping for planning major infrastructure initiatives, such as the design for the dualling of the A9 from Perth to Inverness and the Queensferry Crossing.
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) depend on OS products for Scotland’s environment management, including statutory functions such as the Flood Prevention Act (Scotland) and INSPIRE.
  • Local government and emergency services: local government uses OSMA products to support services such as ground maintenance (£192m), street cleansing (£192m), schools transport  (£384m), planning and development (40,000 applications pa), and roads maintenance (£650m). These are only examples but the total figure for services supported by OSMA is well over £1.5 billion.
  • Emergency services depend on OS products for all command and control applications, operational planning and crime pattern analysis as well as for data sharing with community planning partners.


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