We’ve had loads of interest from enthusiastic geocachers wanting to locate our roving surveyors with their travel bugs over the summer. But we’ve also heard from some of you that it’s quite hard to find 47 surveyors roaming around Great Britain during the working day!
To help you out, our TechLabs team have been putting their tech and map skills to the test to provide a handy solution. We’re trying out a map that will show you where our surveyors are. We thought it was a bit much to have permanent GPS trackers on them all, so we’ve come up with a different idea…
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.
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.
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.
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.