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.
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”
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”
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”
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.
Richard Brocklebank, Business Development Manager, Ordnance Survey
Last week over 190 industry professionals got together to hear the latest on flood risk and data available to help understand and manage it at a collaborative event organised by Ordnance Survey, Environment Agency, Met Office and British Geological Survey. Our vision for the event was to bring together data creators, application providers, insurers and brokers in one room, with the aim of facilitating discussion and working together to better manage the problem of flood risk across the UK. Through this the industry would gain a greater understanding of the scale of the flood risk problem and available data to help them with their work.
We were delighted to have been invited along to participate in BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival last weekend at Sage Gateshead.
Sage Gateshead is an iconic building, which opened in 2004, on the south bank of the River Tyne and hosts a range of musical education workshops, performances and conferences. It was a fitting venue to some of the country’s leading thinkers over a weekend which promised provocative debate, new ideas, music and performance.
Our Director General Vanessa Lawrence was invited to be on the panel for a session entitled ‘Why are maps still so powerful?’ along with author and academic Jerry Brotton – author of ‘A History of the World in 12 Maps’. Presented by BBC’s Rana Mitter, the radio interview was recorded in front of a live audience of around 200 map users.
Discussions are recorded for BBC Radio 3 and broadcast over the next three weeks or available to download.
We’ve launched the Android version of our OS OpenSpace SDK, following on from the successful launch of the OS OpenSpace SDK for iOS a few months ago. The powerful and fast SDK provides a number of significant benefits for both developers and end users, including quick rendering and offline mapping, meaning that apps can still function even without a mobile signal.
The SDK allows access to the range of high quality datasets available within both the OS OpenSpace and OS OpenSpace Pro API, including street-level mapping, vector based mid-scale mapping and our popular outdoor mapping product, OS Landranger Maps (1: 50 000 scale), featuring national parks, tracks, paths and fields. Developers using the SDK are able to create exciting apps with the highest quality mapping data for Great Britain. Continue reading “OS OpenSpace SDK for Android launches”
Natural hazards occur around the globe on a daily basis – from big news stories like Cyclone Phailin, the strongest tropical storm to hit India in more than a decade, to smaller more frequent earthquakes around the Pacific Rim.
The significance of geographic information in helping governments respond to natural hazards is often overlooked; some of the questions governments have to answer are:
What would happen to the relief effort if the electricity grid was destroyed, and there were no water or gas services?
How do governments use geographic modelling techniques to understand the impacts of natural hazards in the urban environments and plan for their impact?
To help to answer these questions the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASG) of China and the Secretariat of the United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) hosted a global forum with the theme ‘Development and Applications in Urban Hazard Mapping’ in Chengdu, China. The Chengdu Forum gave a platform to share knowledge and discuss priority issues relating to urban hazards and the impact and provision of consistent geographic information during extreme events. Continue reading “Development and applications in urban hazard management”
GeoVation winner, Richard Fairhurst, has launched a website aimed at promoting opportunities for business along the Wales Coast Path.
The new website ‘Growing Routes’, was one of five ideas which was selected to receive funding from Ordnance Survey in the 2012 ‘Wales Coast Path’ GeoVation Challenge.