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 180 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 the Keeper of Public Records.

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 in Northern Ireland.*

*NIMA Participants wishing to share with any body outside Northern Ireland should contact your NIMA Support Officer or LPS IPR Branch for details of available options.

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 in Northern Ireland.

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.

The appropriate Licence(s) and fees (where applicable) can be found at: https://www.finance-ni.gov.uk/articles/lps-copyright-licensing-and-publishing

One of our Licences - The ‘Developer / Innovator Licence’ enables anyone interested in exploring our datasets with a view to developing new and innovative products to do so free of charge. 

This Licence is available for One Year (can be extended for a further year where further development time is needed and agreed with our commercial development team) Please contact our commercial development team to discuss this option further (via above link)

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

It is possible to publish under OGL any of the LPS OGL datasets mentioned above without charge (simply add the appropriate acknowledgement).

However If you wish to publish either

  • Any OSNI data that is not licensed under an OGL ; or
  • A dataset that contains a mixture of LPS OGL data and LPS data that is not available under OGL;

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?

Can I publish a dataset I have derived from LPS data under OGL?

It may be possible but you will need to make an application for permission to do so (before you publish) via the contact email address set out below (including a copy of the derived dataset)

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:

Most LPS services are now available, but LPS Customer Information Centres remain closed until further notice. Find out how to access LPS services below.

Rates and Valuation
Information and services are available online
- Domestic ratepayers
- Non-domestic ratepayers

The Rates and Valuation Helpline is 0300 200 7801
The Housing Benefit and Rate Relief Helpline is 0300 200 7802
Alternatively, you can email rating@lpsni.gov.uk or valuation@lpsni.gov.uk

Land Registration
The Land Registration Helpline is 0300 200 7803
Alternatively, you can email CustomerInformation.LandRegistration@finance-ni.gov.uk

Practice Notes and Notes to Practitioners are published online
- LPS Practice Directions & Notes to Practitioners

Ordnance Survey
The helpline for Ordnance survey (0300 200 7804) remains closed until further notice.

Paper maps and digital mapping products can be purchased online
- OSNI Map Shop
Alternatively, you can email Mapping.Helpdesk@finance-ni.gov.uk

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