Talking GeoVation at the RGS Annual International Conference

We’re pleased to announce that Chris Parker from our GeoVation team, along with past GeoVation Challenge judges, will be taking part in the Royal Geographical Society’s Annual International Conference next week.

Chris is chairing a session on Wednesday 27 August on Innovation and coastal tourism (1) The Wales Coast Path: Promoting health and economic wellbeing. Our GeoVation Challenge in early 2012 looked at how people who lived and worked along, or visited the 870 mile (1,400 km) coastal path could use innovative digital technology to  benefit from the ‘world first’ opportunity. Wales was the first country in the world to launch a complete perimeter coastal path on 5th May 2012. The Wales Coast Path has already generated an additional £32 million in revenue (BBC News, 26 November 2013). Continue reading “Talking GeoVation at the RGS Annual International Conference”

Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code 2014 – hear how we’re involved!

For the second year running, Ordnance Survey’s Innovation team are supporting Young Rewired State’s (YRS) Festival of Code, which is a week-long hackathon event for young people aged 18 and under. YRS is the philanthropic arm of Rewired state, which is the largest independent developer network in the UK.

Young Rewired State's festival of code

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GeoVation Alumni event a great success

GeoVation thrives on the collaboration, networking and feedback of its participants and other stakeholders – and GeoVation challenges and the challenge process are developed from that feedback. Indeed, this alumni network is based on just such feedback. Our objective is to better support our finalists’ and winners’ ventures to grow beyond participation in just the challenge process itself.

As part of this, we are delighted to work with the Impact Hub Westminster to provide all our finalists and winners (wherever, they live) access to the Hub Connection virtual network; its support, knowledge, skills, experience and wider membership. Based on feedback we have put together an interesting mix of requested workshops, discussions, hands-on time and of course, opportunities to network.

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Global Geospatial Event launches

A brand new global geospatial event is taking place in London next week and as you might expect Ordnance Survey are going to be there.

Over 2,000 people with interests in gathering, storing, processing and delivering geospatial information from the international geospatial industry are expected to attend some of the conference sessions, workshops and free exhibition.

GeoBusiness 2014 is taking place at the Business Design Centre in London over 2 days (28/29 May) and there is a packed conference programme with around 50 speakers including presentations by our acting Director General Neil Ackroyd talking about Innovation and beyond as well as Dr John Goodwin talking about Linked Data and Debbie Wilson sharing our experience of working internationally.

The exhibition features more than 80 free product and service workshops attending-workshops/ from a range of companies including one on how OS OpenData and geospatial information are driving innovation and supporting business growth.

Those attending the exhibition will learn how the content in the Gazetteer of Great Britain can be used to search for settlements, roads and postcodes as well as hear about our new thinking about improvements to OS Street View.

We will also be running special Land and Property sessions on our stand, so if you’d like to hear the latest on BIM or asset management, do drop along to the stand to say hello!

To find out more and to register, visit

OpenGeospatial event seeks to identify opportunities and challenges

questionsAs regular blog readers will know, Ordnance Survey is a Diamond sponsor of the AGI (Association of Geographic Information). Next week sees us attending the second of five regional events which they are running based on five themes facing the industry. In a bid to extend the reach of the AGI, these themes are broad and engaging to a wider audience and feature top speakers with real experience and knowledge of the area.

The next event, which is being held in Belfast, will look at Open Geospatial. The rise of open (source data and standards) has had an undeniable impact on the geospatial sector spawning a host of new solutions, opportunities and challenges. Many businesses are still struggling to work out the impact for them and to put strategies in place which address the issues and make the most of the opportunities. Continue reading “OpenGeospatial event seeks to identify opportunities and challenges”

Funding announced for ventures to get people active

GeoVationIf you’ve been following the GeoVation blog you’ll be aware that we recently announced the successful finalists from our GeoVation Challenge aimed at encouraging people to lead active lifestyles. Following on from this the judging panel met on Wednesday to confirm the winners and how the innovation funding will be awarded.  The £101,000 awarded by Ordnance Survey will be split as follows: Continue reading “Funding announced for ventures to get people active”

The role of geographic information across the world

Geographic information has played a key role at a number of events this week, including the World Bank Conference on Land and Property. Steven Ramage, Head of Ordnance Survey International, updates us on the role he, and others at Ordnance Survey, played.

This has been a great week for Ordnance Survey, with a number of opportunities for us, all taking place in Washington DC. Monday’s press release broke the news that Ordnance Survey changed their membership role with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), moving to Principal level. Our Director of Products and Innovation, Peter ter Haar, formally announced our new role at the OGC Technical Committee meeting in Crystal City, Virginia, USA at the OGC 20th Anniversary meeting. I also attended this meeting in my role as Chair of the Business Value Committee at the OGC, which is open to all to attend.  Continue reading “The role of geographic information across the world”

Our GeoVation finalists are announced

Well done to all the finalists who took part in the GeoVation Camp held at our Southampton head office over the weekend. The finalists had been selected as the best ideas entered to our GeoVation Challenge to help encourage people lead more active lifestyles.

GeoVation Camp 2014

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Map reading workshops with Cotswold Outdoor

Book your place onto our 2014 series of free map-reading workshops with Cotswold Outdoor stores. The workshops are free to attend and are delivered by Ordnance Survey experts. They are aimed at beginners and seek to provide attendees with the confidence to enjoy exploring the outdoors. On the day you’ll be taken through basic map reading skills including mapping and compass reading.

The workshops last for one hour and there will be an opportunity to speak to the experts and browse the store. Tickets are free and can be picked up or reserved over the phone at the store. Tickets are limited so please get organised and book in advance to secure your space. Contact your local store to book a place, you can see the list of dates and venues below. Continue reading “Map reading workshops with Cotswold Outdoor”

Join us at The Outdoor Show

We’ll be at The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show at London’s Excel Centre from today until Sunday 16 February. It’s a huge event, combined with the Bike Show, Triathlon Show and International Dive Show (Saturday and Sunday only) and you can find us on stand AT210, right on the front row.

There’s lots planned on our stand for during the show, but we’re also excited to be welcoming Chris Boardman MBE, Olympic champion cyclist and world record holder on Thursday afternoon.  Chris will be there to preview our OS Ride app for iPhone. The app features maps to help cyclists ride the 2014 Tour de France British routes for themselves and will be launching this spring.  Continue reading “Join us at The Outdoor Show”