Earlier in the year, we shared news with you about the latest suite of OS OpenData products that are available through our download portal. The four new products in the portfolio are OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Names, OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. On Thursday 2 July, we’re running a free bite-sized masterclass where we’ll be taking a closer look at these products. We’ll be taking classmates on a journey, teaching them how to access, load, style and use the data in open source software – it’s sure to be a great session!
Today’s guest blog is by Raphael Heath, Head of Geography at the Royal High School Bath and one of the winners of the Royal Geographical Society Ordnance Survey Award for Excellence in Secondary Teaching.
Last year, as part of GIS Day 2014, schools across the world participated in a world record GIS Event that I’d organised in collaboration with Esri UK. In this event students were asked to add their ratings for the quality of life in their neighbourhood to a shared online map using ArcGIS online. In total almost 12,000 students took part in the event, setting a new Esri UK world record. The outcomes of this project can be accessed via this summary web app and analysed in more detail in this web app.
Guest blog by Rachael Evans at Ordnance Survey
June sees the 40th meeting of the International Standards Organisation’s Geographic Information teams, which will be hosted at our Southampton head office. As well as technical meetings to discuss standardisation on various topics, the Standards in Action midweek workshop brings together the topics of the International Map Year and Open Data and is open to a much wider audience.
The Digital Shoreditch event being held at Shoreditch Town Hall has been a great opportunity to showcase our innovations. As a founder partner, we have been involved with the festival for some time and are using it to help explain that there’s more to us than paper maps…
With a number of initiatives developed for the event, we had a good chance to talk to a new and varied audience.
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.
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.
Today’s guest blog is by Diane Sandeman at the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). The AGI is the membership body for geographic information professionals. It is an independent organisation which promotes the use of GI and champions its value for the benefit of every individual, business and the economy.
Dr Gary Priestnall, at Nottingham University’s School of Geography, is aiming to recapture the sense of wonder which an extraordinary 15-foot by 14 foot, 3D, sculpted model of the Lake District inspired when it was unveiled in Keswick in the 1870’s. It has spawned a new exhibition opening at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery on Monday February 9 which runs until May. It’s part historical detective story, and part 21st Century, technological success story and Ordnance Survey has helped Gary every step of the way. Here is his story.
A unique 3-D model of the Lake District which would have offered Victorian tourists their first bird’s eye view of the Lake District has been known about since it caused such a stir in 1875. So when the one last surviving, beautifully hand-painted piece of the model, as well as 140 of the original plaster moulds used to create it, fell in to my hands the chance to celebrate the event in 2015 with an exhibition became my cause celebre.
Well done to all the finalists who took part in our GeoVation Camp at our Southampton head office last weekend. The finalists were chosen from the 43 ideas entered to our GeoVation Challenge to help people live in better places.
It was a truly amazing and inspiring weekend, and we offered support to help the 10 invited teams develop a prototype venture and become ‘match fit to pitch’ over the weekend. Helpers included service designers, Ordnance Survey (OS) and Land Registry (LR) colleagues, help with business models from Richard Browndson and former GeoVation winner Peter Boyce of City Farmers.
We were extremely pleased to see our own Minecraft project and one of our Partners recognised at the prestigious AGI Awards this month. Recognising the very best achievements in the field of geographic information throughout the year, the awards mark the climax of Geocom, AGI’s annual flagship conference event, which this year ran under the title ‘The Changing Face of Geo’.
We scooped a Best Geospatial Data Visualisation prize for our GB Minecraft map, collected on the evening by Joseph Braybrook (pictured, left), creator of the map. The award recognised the importance of the visual representation of geospatial data to convey a story or message, and the judges were looking for powerful methods of using geospatial data in visualising and communicating a message.