OS OpenData Agreement with Ordnance Survey

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Dear Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,

According to paragraph 3.14 of the government response at [1], "Central government has negotiated a commercial agreement with Ordnance Survey for the licence for OS OpenData and for its ongoing maintenance." Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request a copy of this agreement, together with any subsequent revisions and/or replacement agreements.

(I have previously sent this request to the Department for Communities and Local Government, but they said they didn't hold the information as the agreement was the responsibility of your department instead.)

I am particularly interested in the terms/clauses that govern (a) the licence under which Ordnance Survey is to release the OS OpenData products, (b) the process and time scale for revising / extending the agreement, and (c) the role of National Archives / Office of Public Sector Information (if any). Therefore if the engagement of any FOI exemptions for other parts of the full documents needs to be considered, please supply these parts of the information straight away, while you undertake your deliberations on whether the full documents can be released.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Whittaker

[1] http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 14/0376

 
Dear Mr Whittaker

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 27
February 2014. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official
at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to deal with.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be responded at the latest by 27 March 2014.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above in
any future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills  |
Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET|
[1]www.bis.gov.uk

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Dear Robert Whittaker,
 
Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request.
 
 
Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit
 
Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET |
[1]www.gov.uk/bis
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is making a
difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
economy. BIS: working together for growth
 
 
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Robert Whittaker

Dear Sir or Madam,

Many thanks for your reply (BIS reference:
14/0376) and the copy of the agreement that you provided.

In your letter you stated that "To date there has been no further revision or variation to this agreement." Could you please confirm whether or not that includes any agreements or variations of the Licence Terms under clause 2.8?

I would consider any such agreements or variations to fall within the scope of my original FOI request, as I specifically also asked for "any subsequent revisions and/or replacement agreements" and expressed a particular interest in the Licence Terms. If there have been any such agreements or permitted variations in the Licence Terms, then I would like a copy of those agreements. I believe that they should technically be disclosed by the 20-working-day deadline of my original request.

If Ordnance Survey has been permitted to change the Licence Terms, then I would also like to know how this was agreed to by CLG (or the relevant authority), who signed off on it, and who was consulted in the process.

(I am particularly interested in this, since the current OS OpenData Licence that Ordnance Survey is offering its OS OpenData products under appears to be different from the licence quoted in Schedule 2 of the agreement, and the current licence also may not be fully compliant with the Licence Principles in Schedule 8.)

Yours sincerely,

Robert Whittaker

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS ref: 14/0561

 
Dear Mr Whittaker

Thank you for your further request for information which was received on
26 March 2014. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official
at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to deal with. We
apologies for the delay in acknowledging your request.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be responded at the latest by 25 April 2014.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above in
any future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills  |
Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET|
[1]www.bis.gov.uk

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is making a
difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
economy. BIS: working together for growth

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FOI Requests, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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Dear Robert Whittaker,
 
Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request.
 
 
Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit
 
Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills |
Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET |
[1]www.gov.uk/bis
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is making a
difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
economy. BIS: working together for growth
 
 
 
 
 
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