Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow City Council in deal to trial OS maps data

Scotland's largest council has signed a nine-month licensing agreement to make data from Ordnance Survey (OS) maps available online.

Under the deal, Glasgow City Council will place the information on its new open data portal.

The data could include anything from the location of cycle racks to gritting bins and recycling services.

The special licence will run until 31 October, and is part of the wider Future City programme.

Last year, the city council was awarded a £24m UK government grant to make it one of Britain's first "smart cities".

The grant was offered by the Technology Strategy Board, a body set up by the UK government in 2007 to stimulate technology-enabled innovation.

'Coup Glasgow'

Its Future Cities Demonstrator, as the prize is known, is intended to act as a blueprint for other cities.

The OS maps licensing agreement is the latest initiative from the council to develop its future city vision.

Council leader Gordon Matheson described the agreement with OS as "another coup for Glasgow".

"The quality of information on Ordnance Survey maps is renowned," he said.

"Being able to issue information from their maps will open up all kinds of opportunities for the public, businesses, academics and especially the developer community.

"The data will be available in an easily accessible and useable format. We hope it will inspire creative and innovative uses such as the creation of new services and products which can improve life in the city and further afield."

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