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May
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Paper maps going mobile

OL4 and OL17 map coversDid you see our announcement last week? We’re going to be replacing all 607 paper map titles with a new design and an additional mobile download of the map. It all starts on 10 June when our new OS Explorer Outdoor Leisure (OL) paper maps begin hitting retailers’ shelves. You’ll be able to see the first wave of winners from our OS Photofit competition too, as it’s their photos that are featuring on the new covers.

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May
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Bikepacking in Edinburgh

Bikepacking, which is growing in popularity worldwide, is one of the key focuses of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling this year. Held from 11 to 21 June the festival, now in its third year, is a real showcase of all aspects of bicycle culture.

What is Bikepacking?

Bikepacking isn’t a new way to enjoy flat pack furniture or the dismantling of bikes for fun. It’s an off-road cycling discipline where riders take tents, and other camping essentials with them on their bikes. Packing your bike to ensure optimised space for gear is a skill in its own, with specialist equipment for different parts of the bike: Read More

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May
2015
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Cycling around the Isle of Wight

Isle of WightToday’s blog is by Steven Rittey, Leisure Cycling and Walking Holidays Manager at Wheel2Wheel Holidays based in Manchester. Steven writes a monthly blog for OS to tell of his adventures and ‘Tales from the Cycle Trails’, a weekly newsletter for leisure cyclists. Here he describes a ride around the Isle of Wight…

I have lived in Manchester for over ten years, but my ‘family home’ is Gosport on England’s South Coast. As I have grown older, I can clearly see the benefits of growing up there – A beachside school, lots of open green spaces and one of the most nicest harbours in the country to watch the ships pass by. It is also a peninsula and has a proud Naval heritage with close links to Portsmouth. However, one place that always seemed strangely distant and very different to the ‘mainland’ was the Isle of Wight. Less than ten miles from Portsmouth by catamaran or hovercraft and clearly visible right across the Solent area, the island has always felt like another place altogether. Read More

22
May
2015
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Old football grounds quiz

With the football season for 2014-15 drawing to a close, and the Premier League playing their final games this weekend, we thought it was the perfect time to test your knowledge of former football grounds.

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We maintain over 460 million features in our database, tracking 10,000+ changes a day. Road layouts change, houses are demolished, new estates are built and new football grounds take root. Our surveyors track changes on foot, whilst our Flying Unit take to the skies to ensure we have as accurate a picture of changing Britain as we possibly can. Read More

21
May
2015
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Plastic remains fantastic for fraudsters

Cifas are the leaders in fraud prevention, enabling organisations in every sector to prevent fraud and protect the public – by sharing data, spreading knowledge and pushing the capabilities of technology. OS has been supporting Cifas for over six years now, by helping to communicate how fraud affects us all through a series of reports and by demonstrating how OS’s mapping and addressing data can help organisations in the fight against fraud.

In 2014, 41% of all fraud (almost 114,000 cases) recorded by organisations through Cifas’ National Fraud Database were identity frauds. These are frauds where a fraudster has used the identity details of an individual to obtain a product or service in their name. These frauds targeted a wide variety of products: from bank accounts to mobile phone contracts, loans to insurance.

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Credit and store card accounts, however, were by far the identity fraudsters’ favoured product in 2014: with over 49,000 confirmed cases in 2014 – up almost 18% from the previous year’s levels. Read More

20
May
2015
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Unusual sports in Great Britain

When you consider the quintessential British summer, it probably involves garden parties, canapés and…bog snorkelling?

Image copyright: Thomas Kelly/Flickr

No, you haven’t misread. Britain is home to some weird and wonderful sports over the summer months and offers some interesting alternatives to traditional summer sports and activities, like tennis and cricket.

Fancy trying something new this year?

 

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19
May
2015
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Join in May’s geo-events

May is a busy month in the location industry. We spent last week at Digital Shoreditch, and we’ll be holding an event at the new Geovation Hub on Wednesday (sign up here) – but we still have three more events for you to get involved and come along and meet us too.

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ESRI User Conference, 19 May

Today, Esri UK are holding their annual ‘User Conference’ in London’s QEII Centre. The event aims to bring all industries together to discuss and learn more about the latest GIS developments and share best practice and exciting new developments. Read More

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