Alex Hunt wrote:
>It has not been made clear whether the OS will still be making the 'old'
layer(s) for churches
>generally available via the Select service - or indeed as GIS layers -once
their proposed revision
>has gone through, but one might hope that they will for those who want them
(although they may of
>course pay a substantial premium for this).
The OS has been going through a major period of change over the past decade.
The appointment of Vanessa Lawrence as the Chief Executive has heralded
exciting areas of innovation. The services you mentioned are all part of the
its remit to provide bespoke mapping to its client base. The quality and
re-use value of OS data is now of a much higher standard. However, it is
still very expensive (particularly in a digital format) especially when one
considers that we've already paid for it once! However, these changes will
not please all the people all the time. Particularly when this hits someones
However, your posting hits the nail on the head. OS data is a significant
historical and research resource. One can only hope that the removal of
churches from published mapping does not correspond with a removal of these
entities from the digital database. Furthermore I hope that snap shots of
this digital data are being taken at regular intervals to enable future
researchers to analyse landscape change as we currently do by looking at
different map revisions.
Department of Archaeology
University of Durham
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