We’re making 10,000 changes a day to the master map of Great Britain, keeping track as the nation changes roads, buildings and more. Our most detailed mapping, OS MasterMap, contains over 450 million features, from houses, schools and hospitals to woodland, shingle beaches and railways. Continue reading “Try our wildlife centre map quiz and win a rucksack and map signed by Ray Mears”
We recently launched our Ordnance Survey Developer Challenge 2014 and teamed up with TechHub to offer the challenge winners help in getting their geo-location start-up off the ground. Winners will receive 12 months’ free access to our extensive range of datasets and services to build their idea and TechHub will provide free flexible working space at a TechHub office of their choice (London, Manchester or Swansea) for up to a year. On top of this both Ordnance Survey and TechHub will provide support and mentoring to help you make the most from our products, sort out the legalities of setting up a new business and much more.
Now you’ve got the chance to find out more about location based tech – and to meet the teams from Ordnance Survey and TechHub on Thursday 13 February. TechHub have put together an evening of talks on all things location with speakers including Locappy, Eyetease and Reputami. Location underpins so many apps and products – but where will it take us next? Continue reading “Discover the future of location based tech on 13 February”
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Thanks for your patience, and if you have any questions in the meantime, drop us a tweet @OrdnanceSurvey
Are you interested in cartographic design or data visualisation? We’re holding a Carto Hack Camp on 20 February to give you the chance to showcase your skills, and the winner of the hack day will be offered a paid internship in our Cartographic Design team.
At the hack camp, you’ll spend the day at our Southampton had office, meet our Product Development team and spend the day working with them to come up with an exciting new solution for one of our customer scenarios. You’ll then demo your ‘map’ to our panel of Ordnance Survey judges who will rate them and decide on the day’s winner.
Ordnance Survey make 10,000 changes a day to the master map of Great Britain. This fact often astounds people and this behind the scenes story from one of our surveyors, Dom Turnor, helps explain just how many changes occur to our landscape every day.
I’m a forty-something field surveyor living and working in the rolling hills and hidden valleys of Worcestershire, where my primary job and purpose is to keep the large scale mapping up-to-date. I have been working as a field surveyor for nearly 13 years and have concentrated my efforts mainly around the golden villages of the Cotswolds, the post-industrial towns of the Forest of Dean and the wooded valleys of Stroud. It has only been in the last year that I have been transferred a little to the north; where I now find my area of responsibility to be the Malvern Hills.
Today’s guest blog was written by Jamie Gibbs, who writes for the home insurance experts at Confused.com. After successfully safeguarding his house from a two-week deluge, he flooded his kitchen by leaving the sink running.
It’s estimated that one in six properties in the UK is at risk of flooding, either from nearby rivers or from the sea. With the devastating effects that floods can have on our infrastructure, our homes and our livelihoods (as seen over the Christmas period), there is a need to bolster our defences and take extra precautions.
According to the Environment Agency (their flood risk map is shown below), during the summer of 2007 (one of the worst floods in recent memory) 48,000 homes were damaged, with the average repair cost coming in at about £20,000-£30,000 per house.
One thing that many people don’t realise when they’re new to outdoor walking and navigation is that their compass doesn’t point to grid north – except by coincidence in some areas. The compass needle is attracted by magnetic force, which varies in different parts of the world and is constantly changing.
The magnetic variation throughout Great Britain has been a few degrees West of grid North with the amount of variation changing every year. For years the number has decreased, and now in the far South West of Britain, the North on your compass lies to the East of the North on your map for the first time since before the Ordnance Survey came into existence (in 1791 if you’re interested). The change is slowly crossing the country, but for now can only be appreciated in our Custom Made maps with a centre to the West of Penzance. Buy one now and you will find a new icon we have created in the legend to show the new relationship between the three Norths (magnetic, grid and true). Continue reading “Magnetic north is on the move again”
Today’s guest blog is from Anne Clark at Walk Unlimited, the official promotion partner for the National Trails in England and Wales, and working in partnership with Natural England and Natural Resources Wales and the Trail Partnerships.
Until recently anyone wanting to explore one of the 15 English and Welsh National Trails had to work pretty hard to plan their trip. Whilst there are many great guidebooks available, in particular the official guides published by Aurum Press that use extracts of Ordnance Survey maps, the problem is that most of the guides break the trails down into day-long walk or ride sections. This is helpful for some people but if you aren’t planning on completing the entire trail according to these sections then it gets more difficult.
The new National Trail website – www.nationaltrail.co.uk, launched on 13 January 2014, seeks to make it easier for everyone to enjoy the best trails in England and Wales, whether they want to walk an entire trail or simply enjoy a short visit as part of a day out. Continue reading “New National Trail website using Ordnance Survey mapping”
We have temporarily removed OS MapFinder from the Apple App Store following the identification of some bugs in the last release. We are working to fix these issues and republish the app to the App Store as soon as possible.
We do apologise for the inconvenience this may cause some of our users, but issues with the latest version (released mid-December 2013) were seriously affecting the app’s functionality. With quality at the forefront of Ordnance Survey, we have decided to remove the app and minimise the potential impact on further users. Please note that the issues do not affect all users of version 2.0, users of previous versions of the app, nor do they affect Android app users.
Despite significant testing by our development team, the new version, which included features such as the ability to buy larger regions at discounted prices, including National Parks, is causing some devices to crash. Other users are reporting issues with tiles downloading multiple times. These bugs mean that the application was not up to the standards we strive to achieve at Ordnance Survey and we have removed the app temporarily.
Our development team are busy working to fix these bugs and we are simultaneously reviewing our testing process to include a wider group of users. In the meantime, there is advice in our OS MapFinder FAQs to work around the current issues https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/mapfinder/mapfinder-ios-faq.html
Thank you for your patience while we resolve this.
If you’re a user of our maps, then you’ll be familiar with the small blue map symbols that give helpful tourist information when you’re out and about. If you’ve ever wondered how those symbols are checked and placed on our maps, today’s blog from Kim Hall, one of our team based in the East of England, will answer your questions.
I spend my working week interacting with Ordnance Survey mapping data, but it’s rare that I unfold a paper map and delve into the dark arts of map reading and navigation. I was offered the opportunity to reconnect with that part of our operations and to get in the mindset of paper-map user for the day… Continue reading “Adventures in Small Scales, or, how the little blue splodges end up on our maps”