Tomorrow we’ll be launching 341 new OS Explorer maps, all with mobile download included for smart phone or tablet.
The new Explorers are following on from the sucessful launch of our the 62 Outdoor Leisure (OL) map titles earlier this year. We’ve seen over 15,000 downloads of the mobile maps since their release in June, with OS Maps app being accessed more than 70,000 in one week alone.
In a fortnight’s time, two teams from OS will be leaping into action and taking part in the Dell Management Challenge. The Challenge is a two-day adventure race in the Brecon Beacons. It’s a unique competitive event involving corporate teams of six people (plus a support person) from leading corporate brands. It combines the physical and sporting demands of adventure racing together with management development, networking and charitable challenges.
Did you watch the great Timeshift on BBC4 last night about OS? A Very British Map: The Ordnance Survey Story told the tale of how we’ve mapped every square mile of Britain for the last 224 years. It covered our military origins through to how our leisure maps have helped people discover and explore the countryside and beyond.
As mentioned towards the end of the programme, while we may be best known for our paper maps, they now account for just 5% of our business. Our location data has woven itself into the fabric of our everyday lives across Great Britain. We produce digital map data, online route planning and sharing services and mobile apps, plus many other location-based products so you know exactly where you are.
Two months on from the official launch, the Geovation Hub is going strong. The collaborative workspace is aimed at providing entrepreneurs, developers and innovators unparalleled access to geospatial data and expertise, as well as a place to exchange ideas, innovate and get inspired. Recruitment is well under way for the first Geovation Programme, and membership numbers are steadily growing too.
Did you know that in addition to offering membership, the Hub also hosts free monthly talks and events? Coming up in September are the Trend Cafe, the GeoTech masterclass, and the Hub is hosting the 100% Open Autumn Union.
Trend Café: The future of the Sharing Economy
At 224 years young, it’s safe to say that we’ve been mapping Britain for quite some time. Tomorrow night, you can find out more about the origins of OS in the 18th century and what we’re focusing on in the 21st century by watching BBC4. From 9 pm, Timeshift will be looking at ‘A Very British Map: The Ordnance Survey Story.’
OS OpenData launched back in April 2010 and we’ve seen over a million downloads over the last five years. From red squirrels mapped in the Highlands to crime statistics overlaid on tweets, we’ve seen a huge variety of uses too. Most examples we see are online, so when we spotted OS OpenData used in a book recently, it caught our eye.
We spotted this tweet recently and enjoyed the fantastic 3D balloon ride over 1850s Manchester. Neil Millington created it, based on old OS maps, and tells us more about how he created it on the blog today.
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Do you have what it takes to become a #GetOutside champion? Along with wildlife presenter Steve Backshall, endurance adventurer Sean Conway and Everest climber Bonita Norris, can you inspire others to get outside and get active? We’re looking for 12 official #GetOutside champions who can represent Ordnance Survey with their true #GetOutside spirit.
When I blogged last week about adult colouring in and made a selection of British city maps available for download to be coloured in – I didn’t expect to create such a stir! I’ve been thrilled to see so many of you eagerly printing the maps out and sharing your colouring in with me at OS. I’ve heard from geography teachers who are excited that their map geekery is becoming mainstream, students who are finding it the perfect break from their dissertations and map lovers across the world from Canada to Australia.
There’s no end to the range of uses for maps – and not just for walking or planning either! Earlier this week, we debuted our maps for colouring in and now we’re talking about Minecraft maps after seeing two new releases this summer…
It’s been almost two years since the OS Minecraft map of Great Britain was released, with 22 billion blocks representing the 224,000 square kilometres of our country. In the first few months after the release, our Minecraft map was downloaded over 50,000 times. It even won us a Guinness World Record as the largest real-world place represented in Minecraft!