Have you seen the fantastic 3D model map of London at The Building Centre yet? We popped in to see it in early May, but that was ahead of the full interactive display being live over the map. It’s all up and running now and our colleague Danny Hyam, who was also involved in putting the map and data together, took some great photos.
At OS Digital Marketing, we’ve just finished a busy and exciting project updating Election Maps, which features a range of our OS OpenData products, bringing some new functionality for for users across the country.
Knowing that a greater level of interest and performance would be required during April 2015 in the run-up to the general election, the Election Maps website has evolved over the last few months to include a number of new features to help customers navigate the administrative landscape of Great Britain.
With the football season for 2014-15 drawing to a close, and the Premier League playing their final games this weekend, we thought it was the perfect time to test your knowledge of former football grounds.
We maintain over 460 million features in our database, tracking 10,000+ changes a day. Road layouts change, houses are demolished, new estates are built and new football grounds take root. Our surveyors track changes on foot, whilst our Flying Unit take to the skies to ensure we have as accurate a picture of changing Britain as we possibly can.
Cifas are the leaders in fraud prevention, enabling organisations in every sector to prevent fraud and protect the public – by sharing data, spreading knowledge and pushing the capabilities of technology. OS has been supporting Cifas for over six years now, by helping to communicate how fraud affects us all through a series of reports and by demonstrating how OS’s mapping and addressing data can help organisations in the fight against fraud.
In 2014, 41% of all fraud (almost 114,000 cases) recorded by organisations through Cifas’ National Fraud Database were identity frauds. These are frauds where a fraudster has used the identity details of an individual to obtain a product or service in their name. These frauds targeted a wide variety of products: from bank accounts to mobile phone contracts, loans to insurance.
We’ve teamed up with BBC’s The One Show to give you the unique opportunity to play a part in the future of our maps. We have over 90 tourist symbols that are used on our maps already, but we have up to 10 map symbols that need creating for the first time ever. We’re turning the design over to you, to create a new map symbol, and we’ll pick our favourite designs to add to our maps.
When people think about our maps, they often think of walkers clutching a trusty OS Explorer map as they head off for the hills. But today, our maps are used for a huge range of activities from walking and running to horse-riding, climbing, canoeing and of course, cycling. Our maps are also available in a variety of formats, from the paper OS Explorer and OS Landranger map series, to our mobile app, OS MapFinder, and our online route planning and printing services.
Cycling has exploded in popularity over the last few years and there are so many events to get involved in – either as an adventurous participant or an interested spectator, no matter where you live in the country. We’re supporting a wide range of cycling events this year, including mapping the routes in many cases – find out more about them and how to get involved.
We often talk about the 10,000 changes a day being captured in our database containing all of the features of Great Britain. It can be hard to grasp how that much change is taking place – until you think about all of the new roads and buildings under construction and then burrow down into the level of detail we capture – right down to phone boxes and even electricity pylons.
When National Grid announced that the first new electricity pylon design in 90 years was going to be erected in Nottinghamshire, we knew our surveying team would need to swing into action. Pylons not only feature in our large scale products, such as OS MasterMap for our business and government customers, but also in smaller scale products, like the 1:25,000 scale mapping in our OS Explorer maps used for outdoor activities.
We’re making some changes to the covers of our iconic paper maps this year – but you’ll be pleased to hear that the contents will remain familiar and you’ll still be able to navigate around the country, spotting interesting sights.
With 600+ paper maps covering the whole of Great Britain, there is plenty of scope for map symbols to help you spot the key navigational points. Most of you will be familiar with our map symbols – pubs, campsites, churches and so on. They point out where things are across the country and help you to plan your trips – working out where the best viewpoint is, highlighting the pubs (a key feature!) and helping to navigate across the countryside. They’re not only on paper maps, but also on our range of mobile apps and online products.
Most of us know that Saint George is the patron saint of England – although fewer know the date of Saint George’s Day each year. We find it interesting that he’s so popularly identified with England and English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry – but actually wasn’t English at all, in fact very little is known about him. He was probably from Cappadocia (now in Turkey) in the third century, but there is little that has been confirmed and it’s largely seen as myth. Despite that, he is also patron saint of many other places –Greece, Catalonia and Germany to name a few.
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.