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”

Discover the future of location based tech on 13 February

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.

TechHub logo

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 LocappyEyetease 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”

Sign up for our Carto Hack Camp on 20 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.

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Expert view: Working together to better plan, manage and respond to flood risk

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.

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Why are maps still so powerful? BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

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.

Sage Gateshead Photo credit Mark Savag

Sage Gateshead Photo credit Mark Savag

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.

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OS OpenSpace SDK for Android launches

Android phone showing how SDK could look

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”