• Spatial Information Service

    The Spatial Information Service (SIS) comprises a team of technical and specialist geospatial professionals.


    They are responsible for developing and maintaining several spatial data services on behalf of Scottish local government.


    The current services they manage are:


    • The One Scotland Gazetteer – the definitive register of all addresses in Scotland.
    • The National Street Gazetteer – the definitive road network including asset and maintenance information
    • The Spatial Hub –collecting and sharing spatial data.
    • TellMeScotland – informing the public of local government notifications like roadworks, planning and licensing.


    What can SIS do for local government?

    • Collaborates closely with strategic partners to ensure that improved spatial information management increases value to data owners and the wider Scottish community.
    • It keeps the local government community up to date on legislation, regulation and data specifications.
    • Supports Scottish local government to achieve compliance.
    • Centralise the efforts associated with the improvement of spatial information management across local government -resulting in long term efficiency gains and cost savings.
    • Place an emphasis on using open source software and technology, as specified by various European and UK directives and initiatives, which will keep their running costs as low as possible.


  • Spatial Hub

    The Spatial Hub is an online resource that provides a single point of access to quality-assured Scottish local authority data, in a consistent format.


    It was launched in 2016.


    Data themes include planning, administrative boundaries, environmental, transport and community facilities.


    It is developed, operated and managed by the Spatial Information Service.


    Every local and national park authority provides data to the Spatial Hub where it is conflated into standardised and up-to-date national datasets.


    SIS have also developed a series of different licences that enables data sharing with each sector or organisation.


    This benefits local authorities by:


    • Saving time, money and effort in preparing and publishing as it removes the need to develop their own portals to publish data.
    • Reducing the resources needed to efficiently answer Freedom of Information requests about spatial data.
    • Exposes data to a larger audience which increases the value of the data itself.


    The benefits to wider society are:


    • Access to consistent national datasets of local government data which can be  used for various purposes.
    • The potential for innovation and new  business ideas, that could ultimately help improve public services and communities.
  • One Scotland Gazetteer

    Looking for the One Scotland Gazetteer? It's now available at:


    signpost iconThe One Scotland Gazetteer (OSG) is an address dataset that comprises up-to-date data maintained by each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.


    The information comes from local authority functions which are the foundations for all address intelligence - including street naming and numbering, planning, and building standards.



    The OSG dates back to 2003 and was created to support the delivery of modern public services in Scotland.



    Local gazetteers are collated by the Spatial Information Service at the Improvement Service, where robust quality assurance is carried out. Consequently, the data adheres to nationally agreed conventions and the British standard.


    Unique Property Reference Number

    The OSG is freely available to members of the One Scotland Mapping Agreement. It is used throughout the public sector including by the emergency services, ePlanning, myaccount, and the Energy Savings Trust. It also forms the foundation for Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase product suite in Scotland.



    • More efficient public services through centralised information source.
    • Access to the most comprehensive and up-to-date addressing dataset in Scotland.
    • High data currency and reliability.
    • Robust change feedback mechanism for user confidence.
    • Supports multiple government applications and links datasets.
    • Allows non-spatial data to be incorporated into Geographical Information Systems for analysis.
    • Access to the status of a property and important dates in its lifecycle.
    • Access to added-value data associated with land and property.


  • National Street Gazetteer

    signpost iconThe Street Gazetteer for Scotland holds the national road network.


    Data is supplied by each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, along with Transport Scotland.


    The dataset contains information relating to road surface materials, maintenance responsibility, and underground structural features.



    Street gazetteers are collated by the Spatial Information Service at the Improvement Service, where robust quality assurance is carried out. Consequently, the data adheres to nationally agreed conventions.


    Unique Street Reference Number (USRN)

    The National Street Gazetteer is available to members of the One Scotland Mapping Agreement and contains the USRN – the unique ID of each street.

  • Tellmescotland

    Tellmescotland is Scotland's national public notice portal.


    It allows public notices from across Scotland to be published in a single online location.


    Public notices are announcements that local authorities legally have to publish.


    There are two types of notices:


    • Statutory notices: give notice of an intended action like road closures.
    • Non-statutory notices: provide general public information on council meetings.


    Tellmescotland provides many benefits:


    Informing the public



    Making PINs accessible and easier to understand



    Improve efficiencies of local government spend on advertising, saving money.



    A national picture of statutory and public service developments with enhanced information and notification capability.



    Users can register for email and SMS alerts specific to PINs within their area of choice or to browse the website and search for notices. You can sign up to receive regular alerts at: www.tellmescotland.gov.uk/registration/

  • One Scotland Mapping Agreement

    The Spatial Information Service (SIS) represents local government’s interests in the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA). This allows the whole of the Scottish public sector to access and use Ordnance Survey (and other organisations) geospatial data products for their own business purposes.


    SIS ensures that the OSMA community has access to local government’s geospatial data and address information via the Spatial Hub and One Scotland Gazetteer.


    OSMA is funded by member organisations who contribute an agreed percentage. The current OSMA terms runs until 2023.


    hourglass iconUp-to-date address information

    OSMA members have access via either the One Scotland Gazetteer or Ordnance Survey’s Addressbase Product


    Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics

    Based on data from OS products. Used to support decision-making on public sector spending.


    bridge iconMajor infrastructure

    Transport Scotland relies on OS mapping for planning initiatives like the Queensferry Crossing.


    leaf iconScotland’s environment management

    Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage use OS products.


    road iconSupporting multi-million pound services

    Local government uses OSMA products to support services like school transport and road maintenance.


    ambulance iconEmergency services

    Depend on OS products for all command and control operations, operational planning and crime pattern analysis.

  • EU INSPIRE Directive

    The Spatial Information Service (SIS) is funded to help meet local government’s obligations under the EU INSPIRE Directive and to enable sharing of such data with the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) community.


    INSPIRE aims to improve the provision of data to inform environmental policy making through establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in the European Union.


    INSPIRE defines common technical standards for publishing spatial datasets such as addresses and land use. Data must be:


    • Discoverable
    • Viewable
    • Transformed
    • Downloadable


    INSPIRE promotes better sharing of data but does not promote open data as many organisations have intellectual property rights and are not funded to release it under an Open Government Licence.


    SIS has been creating a sustainable business model that allows them to share council data, but also to fund its standardised creation and sharing.


    SIS has helped local government comply with INSPIRE:


    • Created metadata records for local government datasets on the national Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure catalogue.
    • Created a web mapping service of local government datasets, and a web feature service download capability both via the Spatial Hub.
    • Created various licences and terms and conditions that allow us to share the local government data with different organisations and sectors.
    • Begun to collect more and more themes.
    • Aims to share national local government datasets with as many organisations and sectors as possible.