Miso Releases OS Highways Network Translator to OpenSource Community - 04/12/2018

Miso, a leading translator of OS datasets, has released a fully featured solution for the complex OS Highways Network dataset to the OpenSource community. The release will provide the GIS community with an opportunity to adopt the OS dataset.

The OS Highways Network dataset is both powerful and complex. The miso translator reduces the complexity, making the dataset usable in an everyday form. Specifically, it delivers the data:

  • In a one-click operation
  • Optimised and styled in .TAB format
  • Suitable for loading into any spatial database system
  • Spatially referenced using British National Grid (BNG)
  • Displayed in two map windows by default


The solution is built on the widely available FME technology and released as an FME workspace which can be run on FME Desktop Pro 2018.1 upwards. FME was chosen as it delivers the “heavy lifting” required and is widely adopted in both the OpenSource and GIS communities. The workspace has also been uploaded to GitHub.

The completely open nature of the release means that other suppliers will be able to pick up the workspace and start developing a much wider range of services.

“We are delighted that we have been able to release this workspace and at the same time support the OpenSource community. This is a really powerful dataset and I hope that our contribution here will enable its great value to be enjoyed by the whole GIS community,” said Ben Allan, MD of Miso.

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