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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Football ground quiz for the England World Cup 2014 squad

The England team will be continuing their FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign tonight and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for them over in Brazil. Back in Britain, we got to thinking about the 23-strong squad and where they usually play their home games, away from Sao Paulo.

The squad play across nine British grounds – but can you identify the grounds shown on our map? We’ve shown eight of the nine grounds in OS MasterMap, with all of the street names and so on removed, to make it a little more challenging. Can you name them all – and tell us the name of the ninth ground, missing from the quiz?

Football Grounds

Please note that home grounds are correct as of the date the 23-man England squad was announced and will not reflect any changes as a result of transfers and deals since the end of the football season.

Flood Re – ironing out the last details

Guest post by Miranda Sharp, Head of Commercial Business, Ordnance Survey

The industry and the Government have been working tirelessly over the past 24 months to agree the replacement for the Statement of Principles that allows affordable flood cover for all. However, now the Water Bill has received Royal Ascent; the real hard work is about to begin on Flood Re as the enabling legislation is in place. The Flood Re scheme will allow owners of flood-prone homes to buy affordable insurance, where annual premiums will be capped and payouts for flood damage will come from a central pool of money. Homeowners will continue to buy home insurance in the normal way through insurers or brokers, but their insurers may choose to include their homes into the scheme.


The industry, politicians and the media have been discussing some of the exclusions at length, including the Association of British Insurers (ABI) putting a case for the inclusion Council Tax Band H properties. In light of this discussion, Ordnance Survey, in conjunction with POST have commissioned a report find out where concerns with Flood Re lie. The research asked a range of experts across the insurance market along with 120 professionals for their views on Flood Re. Continue reading “Flood Re – ironing out the last details”

Chocks away – tales from Ordnance Survey’s Flying Unit

Every so often we receive a tweet from one of our followers saying that they’ve seen an Ordnance Survey plane overhead. Or someone will tweet us a picture like the one below and ask us what we’re up to. The simple answer is that we’re capturing aerial imagery of Britain, as part of our role as the national mapping authority.


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New election maps website

Ahead of the local and European elections last month, and the recent Newark by election, we launched a new election maps website. It replaced our previous election maps website, which for many years provided a free service to help candidates and party workers as they prepare for elections.


The election maps website lets users overlay the official boundaries of constituencies and wards on Ordnance Survey maps at various scales.  This is particularly useful at street level, where canvassers working for local candidates need to know which side of the street to cover; or how far along the street to go. Continue reading “New election maps website”

How to create models of towns with building heights

Today’s guest blog is from Cristina Savian at Autodesk. If you were at last week’s GEO Business 2014 event, you may have seen our Acting Director General, Neil Ackroyd give his keynote and feature the image below, an infraworks model of Shrewsbury which was created using our new building height dataset. Cristina created the model and tells us how.


Customers using Ordnance Survey’s OS MasterMap Topography Layer can now access information on the heights of almost 20 million buildings across Great Britain with the alpha release of building height attributes. Released on 17 March, OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Height Attribute is a product enhancement to OS MasterMap Topography Layer, and available to licence holders at no additional cost. Continue reading “How to create models of towns with building heights”