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Frequently asked questions

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What is the Spatial Hub?
The Spatial Hub is a cloud-based infrastructure with a web portal allowing for the upload, download and consumption of Scottish local authority spatial data at a national level.

What can I do on the Spatial Hub?
Individual local authorities can upload spatial data to the Spatial Hub which will be published as part of a national dataset. Scottish public bodies under the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) have free access to the Spatial Hub to consume (via a WMS/WFS or API) national coverage of local authority data.

What browser can I use?
The Spatial hub is tested in the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, IE9+ and Opera and should work on your desktop, laptop computer, table or mobile smartphone.

Do I need to register to use the Spatial Hub?
Yes. Individuals will need to get a username and password. To get access to the data you have to be part of a member organisation of OSMA (One Scotland Mapping Agreement). If you are then please  submit a registration request to get a username & password for this website.
Without registration, you can search and browse the data sets metadata records but will not have access to the data itself.

I have forgotten my username and/or password. Who do I contact?
If you have forgotten your username and/or password go to log in/out and click the reset password button. If you don't remember your username, contact us. Or if you are a new user, submit a registration request.

How do I get access to a specific dataset?
To get access to a dataset you have to be part of a member organisation of OSMA (One Scotland Mapping Agreement). If you are then please  submit a registration request to get a username & password for this website.

How do I search for a dataset?
Go to “Get Data” to search for a specific dataset. Without registration, you can search and browse the data sets metadata records but will not have access to the data itself.

My local authority's data was created using OS base mapping (e.g. OS Mastermap). Can I still upload it?
Yes. The Improvement Service has agreed with the Ordnance Survey the licensing arrangements for publishing a national dataset of local authority data and there are no restrictions on you uploading local authority data to the Spatial Hub.

What is INSPIRE and what am I expected to do?
INSPIRE is an EU Directive, written into Scottish law in 2009, that dictates that all public sector organisations must publish their environmental spatial datasets as discovery services i.e. metadata records, view services i.e. web map services, and download services i.e. web feature services. INSPIRE also specifies data transformations, though these are very complex so we are taking a pragmatic approach to this aspect.

If I upload my local authority's data will it meet my INSPIRE obligations?
Yes. It is envisaged that the Spatial Hub will publish INSPIRE compliant national datasets on local authorities behalf.

If I upload my local authority's data who will be accessing it?
Currently, the data will only be available to OSMA partner organisations. Once issues around licensing, open-data and charging are agreed then the data may become available to members of the public and private organisations.

My local authority already publishes its data as a WFS. Can the Spatial Hub connect to this?
Yes. Within the data upload pages on the Spatial Hub there is the option to connect to existing WFS rather than upload the data again. This is the preferred method.

My local authority has lots of other dataset that it needs to publish under INSPIRE. Can I upload these now?
No. There is a programme of work to identify and request the most appropriate datasets to make available on the Spatial Hub. However you can influence this through making a suggestion on which datasets to make available via the Spatial Hub Scotland khub group.

What relationship does the Spatial Hub have with the SSDI (Scottish spatial data infrastructure)?
All data that is published as part of the Spatial Hub will have a corresponding entry in the Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure Metadata Catalogue. There are direct links to each dataset's metadata record on the dataset pages. The SSDI provides the ability for users to search, evaluate and use public sector spatial data.

Can I share the data with partners (e.g. contractors working on our behalf, Trusts, housing associations)?
Yes. In the first instance the data will available for free to all OSMA members for which a licence for sharing is not required. To share data with other partners the appropriate licences (usually an OS Contractor Licence) need to be in place.