Mapping data available under Freedom of Information requests

Georgia Dryden made this Freedom of Information request to Ordnance Survey

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Ordnance Survey did not have the information requested.

Georgia Dryden

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you tell me what data I could obtain from the Ordnance Survey under a Freedom of Information request?

I am aware that the data is used to generate maps that are for sale, but if possible, I would like, in electronic format, that underlying data that goes to create the maps.

For example, if you had (and it must be held by the OS) the grid locations for every mains pylon in the country. (If you do have this information, could you supply this to me within this request.)

If I can't obtain any data from the OS, could you outline the reasons why this data isn't available.

Yours faithfully,

Dear Sir or Madam,

I refer to my initial FoI request of 3rd July, which is now overdue. Under the Freedom of Information Act you should have replied by now, and are breaking the law.

I also understand it was an odd request, and if you needed more time, merely saying this anytime within the legal twenty days would have sufficed.

Please can you deal with this now out-of-date request immediately.

I look forward to hearing from you presently

Yours sincerely,

Tony Gray, Ordnance Survey

Dear Georgia

We have checked our systems and there appears to be no record of any
written request from you under Freedom of Information. We have also
checked our normal enquiries process and again nothing is recorded.

If you can provide me with the details; who it was addressed to, when
sent, what you requested, and if you received an immediate acknowledgement
(which will contain a 5 figure reference number starting 6....), I will
look into your enquiry with the utmost urgency.

I apologise for any inconvenience to you regarding this matter and I look
forward to hearing from you shortly

Yours sincerely

Tony Gray

Freedom of Information Practitioner

Ordnance Survey

Rm C363, Romsey Road, SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, SO16 4GU

Phone: +44 (0) 23 8079 2540| Mobile: +44 (0) 7789 617648| Fax: +44 (0) 23
8079 2572

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Dear Tony Gray,

The request was not submitted in written for, but rather made using the rather excellent WhatDoTheyKnow.com website. You can see a record of the original request at:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ma...

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Customer Services, Ordnance Survey

Dear Georgia

Thank you for your e-mail giving details of your request to Ordnance
Survey under Freedom of Information (FoI).

At Ordnance Survey, we can only answer FoI enquiries which have been
submitted in writing (which includes e-mail) direct to Ordnance Survey.
We cannot answer any enquiries submitted to a web site such as
www.whatdotheyknow.com.

Therefore, in order to have your enquiry investigated, please could I
ask you to submit your enquiry to Ordnance Survey, either via e-mail to
[Ordnance Survey request email], or in writing to:

Customer Services
Ordnance Survey
Romsey Road
Southampton
SO16 4GU

We look forward to receiving your enquiry.

Kind regards

Jane Chiplin
Customer Services
Customer Service Centre, Ordnance Survey
C454, Romsey Road, SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, SO16 4GU
Phone: 08456 05 05 05 | Fax: +44 (0) 23 8079 2615
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Sent request to Ordnance Survey again.

Sent request to Ordnance Survey again, using a new contact address.

Customer Services, Ordnance Survey

Thank you for your email which has been received by Ordnance Survey.
This is an automatic response acknowledging your email. There is no need
to reply. Our aim is to respond to your enquiry within 10 working days,
or sooner if we can.

If you haven't already done so you may wish to view information
regarding our products and services on our website at
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Thank you for your cooperation.

Ordnance Survey
Romsey Road
Southampton SO16 4GU
Tel: 08456 050505
http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Customer Services, Ordnance Survey

Our Ref: 69000

Dear Georgia,

Request for information

Thank you for your email dated 15^th August requesting "Please could you
tell me what data I could obtain from the Ordnance Survey under a Freedom
of Information request?"

Please note that Ordnance Survey is considering your request under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). As your request was received by us
on 18^th August we will provide you with a full response within 20 working
days as required by the FOIA, meaning by 16^th September.

In the meantime, if you have any further questions please contact me as
listed below quoting reference number 69000.

Thank you for your enquiry

Regards

Mrs Janet Keep

Customer Service Advisor

Customer Service Centre, Ordnance Survey

C454, Romsey Road, SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, SO16 4GU

Phone: +44 (0) 23 8030 5030 | Fax: +44 (0) 23 8079 2615

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Tony Gray, Ordnance Survey

Dear Georgia

Ordnance Survey reference number: 69000

Thank you for your email dated 15 August 2008 requesting: `Please could
you tell me what data I could obtain from the Ordnance Survey under a
Freedom of Information request?

I am aware that the data is used to generate maps that are for sale, but
if possible, I would like, in electronic format, that underlying data that
goes to create the maps.

For example, if you had (and it must be held by the OS) the grid locations
for every mains pylon in the country. (If you do have this information,
could you supply this to me within this request.)

If I can't obtain any data from the OS, could you outline the reasons why
this data isn't available.'

I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information, however I
regret to inform you that your request falls within the Information
accessible to applicant by other means exemption under section 21 (2) (a)
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). We believe this exemption
applies because the information requested (including that stated as an
example) is available as part of the OS MasterMap(R) Topographic layer
which is available under licence from Ordnance Survey via our online
service. More information is available on our web site at:
[1]http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsit...
, therefore we will not be releasing this information to you.

Please note that your enquiry has been processed to Freedom of Information
guidelines. To the extent that the public interest (section 17) applies,
we have determined that in all the circumstances of the case, the public
interest has been met as the requested information is accessible by other
means in this instance.

Please note that your enquiry has been processed to Freedom of Information
guidelines. If you are unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal
to our Appeals Officer at:

Customer Service Centre

Ordnance Survey

Romsey Road

SOUTHAMPTON

SO16 4GU

Please include the reference number above. The Appeals Officer will ensure
that the process has been followed correctly, questioning any decisions
taken regarding the original response and recommending disclosure of
additional information if appropriate.

Thank you for your enquiry.

Your sincerely

Tony Gray

Records Manager (Freedom of Information/Data Protection)

Ordnance Survey

Rm C363, Romsey Road, SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, SO16 4GU

Phone: +44 (0) 23 8079 2540| Mobile: +44 (0) 7789 617648| Fax: +44 (0) 23
8079
2572[2]http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/ | [email address]

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Thank you for your cooperation.

Ordnance Survey
Romsey Road
Southampton SO16 4GU
Tel: 08456 050505
http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

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fred robinson (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

There is a publisher who supplies prints of old OS maps for a few pound, you should be able to get copies from them, you can get their address from an outlet that provides licenced copies of OS maps to the public such as a bookshop, you may find them on the Internet. Local History units at public libraries also hold a stock of old and recent OS maps you can copy. happy hunting !

Francis Irving left an annotation ()

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