Compliance is king – miso is ahead of the game with licensing

By Sam Cliff on November 26, 2013. Categorised in INSPIRE requirements, Local Government

We knew licensing would be a bit of a minefield when it came to publishing INSPIRE data but this week we’ve seen just how brutal it can be if you publish your own data and your process isn’t compliant.

Several organisations have been caught short of the copyright laws governing OS data by making their polygons publicly available and not following the right licensing. This resulted in their published data being taken down from websites.

So what’s the deal?

In a nutshell, OS legal requirements for data are superior to INSPIRE rules. If you want to share data derived from OS the process by which you publish it must contain control measures to make sure the end user falls into one of four categories…

1. The end user has a PSMA number

2. The end user has a contractor licence

3. The end user can prove existing use of the data source e.g. OS MasterMap

4. End user will use the data for their own personal, non-commercial reasons (added for INSPIRE data)


The good news…

Don’t worry! At miso we spent a lot of time understanding how the INSPIRE regulations and OS licensing work together and wading through the small print, so you don’t have to.

When we built our DataPublisher service for INSPIRE data we made sure it was fully compliant with OS and INSPIRE licensing from the beginning as well as being really simple to use – just to make life easier.

If you upload data derived from OS, our service contains a permissions form to manage who can access data. You can drag and drop datasets to our portal safe in the knowledge that when it is published it follows the rules.

To find out all about DataPublisher give us a call on 0121 232 8000 or drop us an email at