Guest blog by James Norris from the OS Policy team
If you haven’t come across it before, UN-GGIM (United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management) is a formal part of the United Nations (UN). UN‑GGIM provides a forum for strategic discussions on geospatial industry topics, such as legal and policy frameworks, international standards or the global geodetic reference frame. Member States from the UN nominate attendees to represent them and OS are part of the UK delegation.
This month saw the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC) join forces in York to host Mapping Together, the first joint conference since 2003. This event contained an inspirational collection of presentations and workshops, the annual BCS awards ceremony and a corporate members exhibition. OS were Platinum sponsors once again – hosted workshops, presented and also sponsored an award. We were well represented at the event with six colleagues in attendance, including Cartographic Design Consultant Paul Naylor who is also a member of the BCS organising committee.
Two months on from the official launch, the Geovation Hub is going strong. The collaborative workspace is aimed at providing entrepreneurs, developers and innovators unparalleled access to geospatial data and expertise, as well as a place to exchange ideas, innovate and get inspired. Recruitment is well under way for the first Geovation Programme, and membership numbers are steadily growing too.
Did you know that in addition to offering membership, the Hub also hosts free monthly talks and events? Coming up in September are the Trend Cafe, the GeoTech masterclass, and the Hub is hosting the 100% Open Autumn Union.
Trend Café: The future of the Sharing Economy
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.