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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve teamed up with BBC’s The One Show to give you the unique opportunity to play a part in the future of our maps. We have over 90 tourist symbols that are used on our maps already, but we have up to 10 map symbols that need creating for the first time ever. We’re turning the design over to you, to create a new map symbol, and we’ll pick our favourite designs to add to our maps.
Are you heading to the Keswick Mountain Festival later this week? We’re busy packing up our deckchairs today ready for the long drive north from our Southampton head office. We’ll be in our OS dome on the festival site ready for you to visit from Friday, and around all weekend.
When people think about our maps, they often think of walkers clutching a trusty OS Explorer map as they head off for the hills. But today, our maps are used for a huge range of activities from walking and running to horse-riding, climbing, canoeing and of course, cycling. Our maps are also available in a variety of formats, from the paper OS Explorer and OS Landranger map series, to our mobile app, OS MapFinder, and our online route planning and printing services.
Cycling has exploded in popularity over the last few years and there are so many events to get involved in – either as an adventurous participant or an interested spectator, no matter where you live in the country. We’re supporting a wide range of cycling events this year, including mapping the routes in many cases – find out more about them and how to get involved.
We often talk about the 10,000 changes a day being captured in our database containing all of the features of Great Britain. It can be hard to grasp how that much change is taking place – until you think about all of the new roads and buildings under construction and then burrow down into the level of detail we capture – right down to phone boxes and even electricity pylons.
When National Grid announced that the first new electricity pylon design in 90 years was going to be erected in Nottinghamshire, we knew our surveying team would need to swing into action. Pylons not only feature in our large scale products, such as OS MasterMap for our business and government customers, but also in smaller scale products, like the 1:25,000 scale mapping in our OS Explorer maps used for outdoor activities.
We’re making some changes to the covers of our iconic paper maps this year – but you’ll be pleased to hear that the contents will remain familiar and you’ll still be able to navigate around the country, spotting interesting sights.
With 600+ paper maps covering the whole of Great Britain, there is plenty of scope for map symbols to help you spot the key navigational points. Most of you will be familiar with our map symbols – pubs, campsites, churches and so on. They point out where things are across the country and help you to plan your trips – working out where the best viewpoint is, highlighting the pubs (a key feature!) and helping to navigate across the countryside. They’re not only on paper maps, but also on our range of mobile apps and online products.
Guest blog by Martin Shaw, Utilities Account Manager
We all know that feeling of anticipation, whether you’re waiting for Christmas or a summer holiday. Sadly, we also know that feeling of disappointment when we get another pair of socks as a present or it rains for the whole holiday that we’ve spent the last 12 months saving for.
But I can recommend an event that you can look forward to and that you won’t be disappointed by.
If you’ve seen any of the blogs about our OS Photofit competition recently, then you’ll know that we have new-look map covers coming out this year. Our new OS Explorer maps will be starting to appear in stores this summer, with all OS Explorer and OS Landranger maps being available by spring 2016.
But – if you can’t wait to get your hands on the new map covers – our Custom Made maps are now available to buy. Custom Made maps can be personalised – you add your own photo, centre the map on an area you love and put in your own title. They’re great as a gift – or even for yourself if you live on the edge of one of our standard maps.
We blogged about the fab 3D map of London on display at MIPIM back in March. Now, the New London Architecture (NLA) team’s huge model map has come back home to London and you can go and see it. The New London Model was built by Pipers, with data supplied by us at OS, using a combination of laser-cutting, 3-D printing and hand-crafting.