Written answers

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Department of Finance

Ordnance Survey Maps

11:00 am

John Dennehy (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Question 259: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will make arrangements for Ordnance Survey Ireland maps on CD which are available to schools for geography lesson purposes, available to scouts troops for educational purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11329/07]

Photo of Brian CowenBrian Cowen (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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I am informed by Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) that it developed a specific digital mapping product to address the particular requirements of the educational sector. The development of this product was possible as a result of the collaborative involvement of a number of software providers who contributed their data or expertise at significantly discounted rates. By agreement, this product and associated third party data/software, is licensed for exclusive use in educational establishments only, and as a result is provided at a significant discount to these licensed institutions. OSI does not have sole discretion as to the distribution of this product and under the terms of its agreements with the relevant software parties is bound to confine the distribution of this product to educational establishments only.

In relation to other products however, Ordnance Survey Ireland currently offers significant discounts to scouting organisations on a range of products of value to their members, the principal products being the Discovery Series of maps and the recently launched range of Hill walking DVDs.


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