Did you know that the OS computer vaults hold a staggering 450 million geographical features across Great Britain which form the master map of the country? Our surveyors and aircraft are constantly revealing the changing look of GB and to keep up OS make 10,000 changes a day which all feed into our range of paper and digital map products.
We’ve been busy working on a number of new OS OpenData products, including OS Open Roads and OS Open Rivers and it started us thinking about how all these features create the living face of Britain.
So how many miles of roads snake across the country? How many miles of waterways wind their way from the tip of Scotland to the toe of Cornwall and what do all the changes to GB its roads, its rail, its buildings look like over the last 10 years. Take a look in our three videos and find out.
Britain’s road network:
Our original submission to the developer challenge was about creating a web application that makes it easy to quickly assess land to judge its potential for development. Many housing projects don’t get started because the initial piece of work of finding a good site at the right price is very difficult. We want to change that.
Signing up as a licensed partner and using OS data was important to us so we can make the best possible product for our customers. As well as the data, OS provided the guidance needed to help us pick the right products and licenses for our business – which is very important for us as a start-up.
In September we launched our latest GeoVation challenge — ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’ — which was run in partnership with Land Registry.
At the end of March, we’ll be releasing OS Open Map – Local in beta. It will be our most detailed open data product, providing a backdrop for integrating and visualising analytical datasets. There’s an enhanced level of detail for buildings – including functional sites such as hospitals and schools, an extended naming of roads and an extensive set of cartographic names optimised for digital styling and presentation.
The flexible and easy to use vector dataset, will show urban and land features across Britain and is designed to work with other OS OpenData products, offering consistent styling, and links with other data sets. It will be available in GML 3.2 and ESRI Shapefile when it launches. We developed OS Open Map – Local following feedback from the OpenData User Community who asked for greater flexibility, more building detail and more options for customising of the data.
Guest blog by David Roberts, Ordnance Survey’s Land and Property Strategic Relationship Manager
The tens of thousands of pieces of geographical data and knowledge about London, which OS capture every year, have been brought to life in a unique way. The largest ever model of London, commissioned by New London Architecture and sponsored by OS, has been unveiled today on the London Stand at MIPIM, the annual get together of the most influential international property players in the world in the most elegant of French locations – Cannes.
If you haven’t come across it before, the Geograph website is collecting photos for every grid square in Great Britain and Ireland. The website launched in March 2005, with the first photo being submitted on 6 March by Helena Downton, for grid square SO8001, showing Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire (worth a visit by the way if you’re in the area).
Did you know today is World Book Day 2015? The imagination is a powerful thing and there’s nothing like a good book to transport you away into another life, another place or even another world. Sometimes authors illustrate their literary locations with maps, showcasing the fantasy worlds they are creating, such as in The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. At other times, you’ll be reading a book and feel a little thrill as some local spot or well-loved holiday memory is brought alive as it is woven into the book you are reading.
In other cases, places or buildings actually become synonymous with a book or author. Who can visit Stratford-Upon-Avon without thinking of William Shakespeare? Or visit London’s Kings Cross Station without wondering if there’s a platform 9 3/4 (there is now), thanks to the phenomenon of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books? From Thomas Hardy’s Dorset to Jane Austen’s Bath, there are dozens if not hundreds of places around Britain that have a literary connection.
We’ve put together eight maps, using our OS VectorMap products, showing places that are connected with a book or author – can you names them all? We’ve started you off with an easy one…post your answers on the blog.
We recently announced the successful finalists from our GeoVation Challenge aimed at finding ideas enable people in Britain to live in better places. Following on from this the judging panel met yesterday to confirm the winners and level of funding to be awarded to each finalist.
The finalists had submitted venture plans to be reviewed at the meeting and the judges had a difficult decision in deciding how to split the £101,000 in funding from Ordnance Survey (OS) and Land Registry (LR).
We’ve recently launched our OS Photofit competition, giving you the chance to see your photos on the latest covers of our paper map ranges. This isn’t the first change we’ve made to our map covers, you can chart their history in this short video:
To commemorate thirty years of arguments and fights breaking out in The Queen Vic, cliff-hangers and probably the most instantly recognisable and mimicked drumbeat on television, we’ve searched our database of 460 million unique geographic features for EastEnders-related facts.
Did you know that London boasts not one, but two Albert Squares? The Albert Square we see on TV is a set on the lot of Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, but the East End does have its very own Albert Square (E15), though it is actually a road and not a square. The other one can be found in the south west of London (SW8).