30
Jul
2015
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First #GetOutside pledge prizes sent out

#getOutside prizes

From wellies to water bottles – we’re helping you achieve your #GetOutside pledges

We’ve had some fantastic #GetOutside pledges rolling in over the last week, covering everything from skydiving to jumping in puddles. We’ve been thrilled that you’re all so keen to #GetOutside and we’ve just picked the first prize draw winners too.

Our main pledge to you is to have 1 million walking routes in OS Maps in two years time. But – we also want to help you achieve your pledges. To do that, we’ll be doing a draw each week and awarding prizes. We’ve picked five at random this week – and the prizes went in the post yesterday. Read More

28
Jul
2015
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Fat bike winner collects his prize from OS

If you popped by our stand at Keswick Mountain Festival earlier this year, then you may have entered our competition to win a Surly fat bike. To enter you needed to identify the location of a piece of mapping shown on the competition entry form. We’d kept it relatively local, so everyone who correctly named Lake Windermere went into the prize draw.

Keswick Festival bike competition winner

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24
Jul
2015
1

Mapping Britain on Film with the help of OS OpenData

Guest blog from Stephen McConnachie, Head of Data, BFI Collections & Information

This month the British Film Institute launched its innovative new digital moving image platform, Britain On Film. It offers map-based access to digitised films from the BFI National Archive’s own collection, and from 13 regional and national film archives throughout the UK. This lottery-funded project is digitising 10,000 films by 2017, and making them available to watch on the BFI Player. This project is driven by the BFI’s strategic priority number three in its Film Forever plan.

Creation of a map interface – to enable users to search or navigate to the digitised films – was one of the main ambitions of the project, and the data underlying that map experience was built from an OS OpenData product: the 1:50,000 Gazetteer of GB place names. Find out why OS had the best choice of data source to achieve our project objectives, and how we used it.

BFI
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22
Jul
2015
8

OS Maps now has off-road routing for our National Parks

We’ve produced a new off-road sat-nav style router in our OS Maps application, covering all 15 of Britain’s National Parks. You can now plot routes along public rights of way and footpaths, making it easier than ever to explore the parks. You can choose your exercise type – walking, running or cycling, and OS Maps will offer relevant routes depending on the activity entered.

5. Detail path example 2

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