The UK property industry has received a major shot in the arm with the free release of over 23 million title extents - land boundaries - in a move which it is claimed will open up the data to much wider use across the public and private sectors.
HM Land Registry said that the so-called Inspire spatial polygon datasets will be available on the land and property data service and Registers of Scotland’s website from next month. Under the Open Government Licence they need only attribution and carry no commercial charge.
It is claimed that the new less restricted terms will broaden commercial use, creating opportunities and fuelling innovation in land and property, utility and infrastructure related industries.
Land Registry interim director of digital, data and technology Andrew Trigg said the organisation had been working alongside the Geospatial Commission, Ordnance Survey and the Registers of Scotland to enable and encourage colleagues, companies and entrepreneurs to access and apply data in novel ways.
He added: "July 1 will certainly be a milestone to that end, and hopefully one which captures the imagination of everyone from app developers to analysts and helps to unlock the potential in the UK’s geospatial industry."
Registers of Scotland accountable officer Janet Egdell said: "This is another key stage in [our] data-driven journey. We have been delighted to work with our colleagues in Land Registry, OS and the Geospatial Commission in publishing our first spatially-enabled dataset.
"By providing definitive data under an Open Government Licence we are opening up new and diverse opportunities for our dataset that demonstrates our ongoing commitment to supporting innovation across the public and private sectors at this challenging time for the economy."
The move coincides with the launch of Ordnance Survey’s new portal for accessing its data - OS Data Hub - as well as a series of APIs with up to £1,000-worth of monthly free use premium data and unlimited use of OS OpenData, all intended to support innovation in the developer community.