Last November we ran a series of free OS OpenData masterclasses to help new and existing users gain a greater understanding of open data and introduce some tools and techniques to use these datasets. A new cartography element was introduced to the workshops and for the first time attendees were introduced to our cartographic design principles and learned how to style map data features using open source software.
The exercises included an introduction to styling the various types of map data; points, lines and polygons and a section on how to apply and style labels. The final part of the workshop included an element of competition. The challenge to attendees was to design a map showing GP surgery locations in Orpington, Greater London. Despite everyone having the same data it was really interesting for us to see the range of cartographic styles that everyone developed. It was great to see so much creativity and to see people thinking like cartographers and applying the basic principles.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for attending and making the masterclasses a real success and an extra special thank you to those who submitted their maps for the competition. We had some good entries and are pleased to reveal that the winner is Nicholas Duggan who attended the session at our head offices in Southampton. Nicholas wins an OS Custom Made map of his choice – congratulations!
Here is a snippet of his winning entry:
We judged all the entries based on their overall cartographic quality and their success in fulfilling the brief. We felt that Nicholas’ map was a nice clean design with good use of fonts, symbology and drop shadow effects. He clearly understood the brief as his colour choice for the GP surgery locations makes them stand out really well – a good example of visual hierarchy.
All the training materials from the masterclasses are available to download from our website including datasets, open source GIS and the workbooks.
If you have the time to run through the ‘Styling OS OpenData’ workbook then we would love to see your maps. Email us at CartoDesign@ordnancesurvey.co.uk