Have you tried our GB Minecraft 2.0 map?

Joseph Braybrook and the GB Minecraft 2 mapOne year on from the release of GB Minecraft, we launched GB Minecraft 2.0. This free-to-download Minecraft map offers gamers a much more natural-looking and detailed version of Great Britain.

Last summer our intern Joseph Braybrook created the original Minecraft map, which, at the time, with its 22 billion blocks, was thought to be the largest Minecraft map in existence built using real-world geographic data. This year Joseph, who recently re-joined us full-time as a member of our graduate scheme, has improved upon his previous work by using a staggering 83 billion blocks to create a new map of Great Britain. Continue reading “Have you tried our GB Minecraft 2.0 map?”

Summer interns get to grips with OS OpenSpace and open data – part two

Catch up on part two of our posts about the experiences of four of our summer interns, working in the Research team.

Each year we recruit a number of paid interns to come and work with various teams around our business over the summer period. This year, four of our interns went to work in our Research team and were tasked with investigating how maps could bring data to life. They each set up an OS OpenSpace map on a website, using some of the wealth of open data out there to overlay on the maps and give users a new map experience.

This week, find out how Caroline and Fred got on. Note that the maps are currently hosted internally using a test API, so we can’t share them with you, but we’ve used screen shots to illustrate the story.

Caroline Janes from University of Stirling

“When I came to Ordnance Survey 6 weeks ago I didn’t know what to expect. I knew the organisation and its fame for map-making but not much else. After working here for a while I’ve realised that collection and exchange of high quality data is really important to the company. The maps, apps and other media are just an interface for some of this data.

Tony, our friendly Cornish supervisor, briefed us on our project: data collection and analysis of 3rd party data. For this I then found sources in English Heritage and the Defence of Britain Archive.

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Route of the week: Mike Cuming’s Swynerton Run

Mike-CumingAs official mapping partner for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain we’re thrilled to be supporting the race and will be at the Liverpool, Brighton and London stages if you want to pop by and see us. We’re also extremely excited to be able to bring you a series of recommended rides from the Rapha Condor JLT team. Ranging from 100–200km, from Skipton to Bodmin, there should be routes to suit many cyclists.

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Mike Cuming is one of Rapha Condor JLT’s quiet achievers, taking at least one major win a year since coming to the team in 2012. Cuming first made people take note when he won the U23 National Road Race Championships in 2012; before he went on to take his biggest success winning the overall at the Tour of Korea in 2013. Continue reading “Route of the week: Mike Cuming’s Swynerton Run”

Proposed changes to latitude and longitude representation on paper maps – tell us your thoughts

We’re considering changing the overlay showing latitude and longitude markers on Ordnance Survey paper maps. This would mean moving towards the overlay showing latitude and longitude used on GPS devices, to help bring digital navigation devices and paper maps closer together and work more in harmony. We believe this would have little impact on the majority of users of our paper maps; however, we would like your opinions on this change to ensure we fully consider all options and impacts before we make a final decision.

We’d like you to read the information below, and, if you would like to share your thoughts on how this would affect you, complete our short survey by Friday 3 October.

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Route of the week: Chris Opie’s Cornish 200 km

OpieAs official mapping partner for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain we’re thrilled to be supporting the race and will be at the Liverpool, Brighton and London stages if you want to pop by and see us. We’re also extremely excited to be able to bring you a series of recommended rides from the Rapha Condor JLT team. Ranging from 100–200km, from Skipton to Bodmin, there should be routes to suit many cyclists.

Download the GPX file

Chris Opie is one of the fastest finishing riders in the UK, and he is also the most South Westerly located rider in the domestic peloton. Haling from Truro in Cornwall, where he lives with his partner and son, Opie no doubt has the longest commute of anyone to get to races in the UK, but the 27 year-old is happy to spend the extra time travelling to races if it means that he can train on his home roads in Cornwall. Continue reading “Route of the week: Chris Opie’s Cornish 200 km”

Route of the week: Tom Moses’ Yorkshire Dales

Moses-Somerberg-3As official mapping partner for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain we’re thrilled to be supporting the race and will be at the Liverpool, Brighton and London stages if you want to pop by and see us. We’re also extremely excited to be able to bring you a series of recommended rides from the Rapha Condor JLT team. Ranging from 100–200km, from Skipton to Bodmin, there should be routes to suit many cyclists.

Download the GPX file

Tom Moses has been one of Rapha Condor JLT’s top performers in 2014, scoring some impressive results in the spring, including a memorable stage win in diabolical conditions at the Tour of Normandy in France, where he held the yellow jersey for a number of days. Continue reading “Route of the week: Tom Moses’ Yorkshire Dales”

Route of the week: Richard Handley’s Clieves Hill and Southport loop

Handley-prime-3As official mapping partner for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain we’re thrilled to be supporting the race and will be at the Liverpool, Brighton and London stages if you want to pop by and see us. We’re also extremely excited to be able to bring you a series of recommended rides from the Rapha Condor JLT team. Ranging from 100–200km, from Skipton to Bodmin, there should be routes to suit many cyclists.

Download the GPX file

Richard Handley is one of the key players in the tightly knit Rapha Condor JLT team. Handley is widely regarded as one of the most calculating and intelligent riders in the bunch, and he has been instrumental in the success of others in the team over the past three years, as well as scoring some notable successes of his own – most recently at the Ryedale GP in Yorkshire. Continue reading “Route of the week: Richard Handley’s Clieves Hill and Southport loop”

Putting Coronation Street on the map

Coronation Street surveyor - main shotOur surveyors roam the length and breadth of the country, but it’s not every day that they get to visit Britain’s most famous cobbled street. We’re always talking about making 10,000 changes a day to the master map of Great Britain and keeping the 460 million features in our database up-to-date – and our latest changes include the new set of Coronation Street!

The new map follows the recent move of the Coronation Street lot from ITV’s Quay Street studios to its new purpose built state-of-the-art home in Trafford. With updates ranging from changes in kerb lines to the addition of new roads, houses and retail properties, it’s not surprising to see the Street being captured in our most detailed mapping, OS MasterMap. Continue reading “Putting Coronation Street on the map”

Summer interns get to grips with OS OpenSpace and open data

Each year we recruit a number of paid interns to come and work with various teams around our business over the summer period. This year, four of our interns went to work in our Research team and were tasked with investigating how maps could bring data to life. They each set up an OS OpenSpace map on a website, using some of the wealth of open data out there to overlay on the maps and give users a new map experience.

This week, find out how Peter and Katie got on. Next week, we’ll show you the results of Fred and Caroline’s labours. The maps are currently hosted internally using a test API, so we can’t share them with you, but we’ve used screen shots to illustrate the story.

Katie Johnson from University of Sheffield

“This summer, I’ve been lucky enough to undertake a 10-week internship with Ordnance Survey (OS), working in the research department. As my internship draws to a close, I am finally adding the finishing touches to my project. The aim of the project was ultimately to use OS data as the context for third-party data (data enrichment), therefore using OS as an enabler. To do this, I created an interactive online interface using OS OpenSpace and third-party data.

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Walk of the week: Scenic Windermere walk and boat tour

Today’s walk is a guest blog from Digital Outdoors, a network of over 60 camping and outdoor holiday websites. Their mission is to connect UK campers with great campsites and inspire and nurture a love for the Great British Outdoors.

Length of route: 3.1 m
Starting point: SD 413 987
Suitable for: Walking
Maps: OS Explorer Map OL7 The English Lakes: South-Eastern area
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