LPS Open and derived data questions and answers

Derived data is any data (including ‘hard’ paper copies) that you create using or based upon, to a greater or lesser degree, data products supplied and licensed to you by Land & Property Services (LPS). LPS/OSNI does not, unless contractually permitted, derive, validate or verify its IP, data or products from any third party data or products.

Is any LPS mapping data available under the Open Government Licence (OGL)?

Yes, LPS has published over 160 datasets through the OGL. LPS will continually review the volume of data it can make available through the OGL.

Why is LPS concerned about the re-use of derived data?

Because LPS generates income from the licensed re-use of its data to cover the costs relating to the upkeep of LPS mapping data. This is done under a Delegation of Authority (DoA) from Her Majesty’s Stationary Office (HMSO).

Can a signatory to the Northern Ireland Mapping Agreement (NIMA) share LPS derived data with other NIMA signatories?

Yes, you can share any of the data derived from that in the NIMA package with any other NIMA signatory organisation.

Can a NIMA signatory organisation share LPS derived data with the emergency services?

Yes, you can share any data derived from that in the NIMA package with the emergency services.

Can a NIMA signatory organisation share LPS derived data with organisations in the education sector in Northern Ireland?

Yes, you can share any data derived from that in the NIMA package with organisations in the education sector.

Is it ever possible to use and publish derived LPS data, other than the datasets available under OGL, in my products and services?

It is permissible to use and publish all LPS data including derived data under the appropriate LPS Licence. In many instances there is no charge for internal business use. In addition LPS has developed a ‘Developer / Innovator Licence’ under which customers are provided with all LPS data free of charge for a period of up to two years. This is designed to encourage the development of innovative products and services.

It is possible to publish under OGL any of the LPS OGL datasets mentioned above. If the data you wish to publish under OGL contains LPS data other than that contained in the OGL data then you need to contact LPS using the contact details below to discuss the options open to you.

Do I need to discuss my publishing plans (including OGL) for LPS data / derived data with LPS?

Yes. If the data you intend to publish is based upon LPS data that is not licensed under an OGL, you need to contact LPS using the contact details below.

The LPS Derived Data evaluation panel will assess each application and will consider:

  • the volume of LPS derived data you propose to publish
  • the type of LPS derived data you propose to publish, and
  • the potential scale of any commercial impact for LPS

LPS will discuss the publishing options available to you.

More information

For additional information on Derived Data or any other licensing issues please contact the LPS Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Branch on:

  • email: copyright@finance-ni.gov.uk
  • Tel: 0300 200 7804 (charged at local rate)
  • Tel: +44 28 9049 5802 (if calling from outside the UK)
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