Have you used our Minecraft map of Great Britain?

Last summer, one of our interns, Joseph Braybrook, created a Minecraft world of Great Britain using our OS OpenData products. In September 2013, we released the world for users to download and explore – all 22 billion blocks of it!

Minecraft map of Southampton Water

Southampton Water

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Insurance Customer Forum

In July we invited a select group of our insurance customers to join us aboard HMS Belfast in London for our first customer forum. Our aim for the forum was to share best practice of using mapping and addressing data for underwriting property insurance, whilst at the same time allowing the attendees to not only meet and network with peers, but also share discussion on key points bought up by the presenters. The format seemed to work – with customers welcoming the debate and discussion the agenda offered.

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Where are we?

Our Flying Unit travel the length and breadth of the country each year, capturing some 50,000 aerial images covering 40,000 km2 of Britain’s urban, rural, moorland and mountain terrain. 

Our planes are two Cessna 404s called G-TASK and G-FIFA and they each fly with a highly-detailed digital camera – probably one the highest resolution cameras in the country – at 196 megapixels, which allows us to take high resolution images even from the skies. See this example below:

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Maps on trend

map-floor-hay-on-wyeA recent article in The Times, confirmed what we already knew at map HQ – maps are the height of style right now. They said that maps are “both on trend and versatile: living room, bathroom or man cave – maps work anywhere.”

While, maps have traditionally been framed and hung on a wall, there appears to be an increasing variety in the way they are used. And we’re not talking small pieces anymore, maps are going HUGE! Our map floor at Hay-on-Wye festival last year was a big hit too. Continue reading “Maps on trend”

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games map now available

ICE-commonwealth-games-mapThe World Cup, Wimbledon and British Grand Prix may be over, but the sporting extravaganza continues this summer, with the Commonwealth Games kicking off in Scotland next week. We’ve worked with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to create a special map which showcases Glasgow’s infrastructure works ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The ‘Engineering the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ map includes civil engineering firsts such as the Hampden Park surface raising, which lifted the surface six feet on metal stilts to accommodate the running track and athletics field. Continue reading “Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games map now available”

Step up to the mountain challenge

This September past GeoVation winner, guerrilla geographer and explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison is going to step up to the height of Mount Everest (29,029 ft) only using stairs in London tallest buildings.

How high can you climb by using stairs in your house, school or neighbourhood? Can you step up to the height of a mountain?

Image and link to Step up Mountain mapping tool

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Digimap – access to maps in higher education

We often talk about the Digimap for Schools service, but did you know there is also Digimap for higher and further education? Since its launch in 2000, Digimap has seen almost 290,000 registrations and there are currently 156 higher and further education institutions subscribed to the service.

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Tour de France maps and facts

At 11 am tomorrow, the hugely anticipated British Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France will finally start, leaving Leeds and heading for Harrogate. The world’s most famous cycle race is holding its first three stages in Britain, ending in London on 7 July.


As soon as we heard the Tour was heading to Britain we got our maps out and started poring over them and we’ve found some great facts and figures to share with you.

  • The three British stages cover a huge 569 km – so if you’re planning on emulating the pros and following the routes on OS Ride, you’ll need to do some preparation!
  • Pub SymbolIf that all seems like a lot of hard work, our map database tells us that there are 588 pubs along the routes, so there’s plenty of opportunity to relax!
  • The highest point on the Tour is on the Leeds to Harrogate stage, reaching 525 m.
  • If you like your waterways, the Tour will cross an impressive 27 rivers and canals – and crosses the River Ure four times!

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Get more addresses with AddressBase

Today’s guest blog is from Chris Chambers, our Address Portfolio Manager at Ordnance Survey.

Our AddressBase team has recently carried out detailed analysis of the 38,418,837 addresses in the AddressBase product suite to identify ‘postally addressable’ records. This work was based on our customers’ requirement to identify all properties within the AddressBase products that have the potential to receive mail, not solely the Royal Mail Postcode Address File (PAF) data contained within.


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A history of Wimbledon in maps

Wimbledon got off to a flying start on Monday, and as much as we love tennis, our minds inevitably turned to maps. We’ve been putting Wimbledon on the map for almost 100 years now. Did you know that when the All England Court was formed, back in 1868, their home was not at the current Wimbledon site? Shown below on our map from 1896, the club was based at Worple Road until 1922 and the first championships, and even the 1908 Olympics, were not played out on the existing Church Road site.

Worple Road 1896

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