We’re using the Open Government Licence to encourage greater use of OS OpenData products

As part of ongoing moves to make our data even more accessible and easier for start-ups and others to understand and use, we are pleased to announce that following close work with The National Archives we have now adopted the Open Government Licence (OGL) version 3.0 in place of our OS OpenData licence.

We were delighted to work with the The National Archives throughout 2014, in helping form this new version of the OGL, and were enthusiastic throughout to explain and navigate through previous sticking points that had prevented us from adopting the OGL in its entirety in the past. In particular, one of these sticking points concerned the issue of sublicensing and giving greater clarity as to the applicability of OGL terms to sublicensees, a matter that has been addressed in this new version of the OGL.  Continue reading “We’re using the Open Government Licence to encourage greater use of OS OpenData products”

Sign up for an opendata masterclass now

Together with Land Registry, we recently launched our eighth GeoVation Challenge – “How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?”. A share of £101,000 of funding is available to ideas that best address the long-term housing issues uncovered during our tried-and-trusted GeoVation Pow Wow methodology and you can check further details about how you can enter challenge on the GeoVation blog.

Entrepreneurs, developers, geographers, community groups and innovators are encouraged to enter the challenge – in fact anyone that believes they have a great idea that addresses the issues we’ve identified. Ideas must make use of Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data and to help you, we’ve organised a roadshow of free opendata masterclasses – check out this short promotional video to learn more about the events:

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Have you tried our GB Minecraft 2.0 map?

Joseph Braybrook and the GB Minecraft 2 mapOne year on from the release of GB Minecraft, we launched GB Minecraft 2.0. This free-to-download Minecraft map offers gamers a much more natural-looking and detailed version of Great Britain.

Last summer our intern Joseph Braybrook created the original Minecraft map, which, at the time, with its 22 billion blocks, was thought to be the largest Minecraft map in existence built using real-world geographic data. This year Joseph, who recently re-joined us full-time as a member of our graduate scheme, has improved upon his previous work by using a staggering 83 billion blocks to create a new map of Great Britain. Continue reading “Have you tried our GB Minecraft 2.0 map?”

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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Developer Challenge winners announced

We teamed up with TechHub late last year to launch our Developer Challenge and were thrilled to receive 35 entries by the closing date in February. We whittled that down to seven finalists and had a fantastic morning at TechHub’s Old Street office this week watching the seven pitch their innovative geolocation ideas for a chance to win a year’s support package for their start-ups.

The finalists had just five minutes to present their innovative, profitable or cost saving ideas, all using Ordnance Survey data at the core. Following their Dragon’s Den-style pitch, the finalists then had five minutes to be questioned by our talented panel of judges.

Developer Challange winners

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Visualising the City with OS OpenData – four examples with buildings from OS VectorMap District

Today’s guest blog is from Oliver O’Brien, a researcher in spatial analysis and geovisualisation at UCL CASA, working on the BODMAS (Big Open Data Mining & Synthesis) project which is led by Dr James Cheshire and funded by
ESRC. Oliver blogs regularly at http://oobrien.com/ about spatial analysis and visualisations of London and other research projects.

Ordnance Survey’s  open data has been incredibly useful for a number of city data visualisations. As an academic researcher, I have access to the gold-standard OS MasterMap data for teaching and research purposes here at the CASA lab at University College London. But the ease of access to OS OpenData, and the flexible and lightweight licence, means I can quickly and effectively visualise data for any purpose and audience, be it for blog posts, online maps or even artworks. Here’s four ways I’ve used one of the most interesting datasets in OS Open Data – the buildings layer in OS VectorMap District.


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Opening up to QGIS: QML launched for OS OpenData

Charley from our CartoDesign team was in Stirling yesterday to officially launch our new QGIS stylesheets (QML) for OS OpenData products. The inaugural Scottish QGIS User Group Meeting, organised by thinkWhere and the UK QGIS User Group, came at a great time for us to announce our latest cartographic developments.


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Visualising customer data to provide valuable insights

In an increasingly competitive environment, customer experience is a fundamental business driver. One of the best ways to bring perspective of the customer to business decisions is by using data analysis to find correlations, isolate patterns and track trends to serve up the type of information to allow a company to tailor the customer experience for improved engagement and better profits.


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Help us shape the future of OS OpenData

opendatalogoWe have launched a survey which will give our open data users a chance to have their say in setting the future direction of OS OpenData.

If you have used OS OpenData and have 10 minutes to spare, then please let us know your thoughts. Your answers will help us to understand which products are especially important to you and why, together with what you think about the service and support. Continue reading “Help us shape the future of OS OpenData”

Measuring what matters

In our latest GeoVation Challenge, we are calling for ideas that encourage active lifestyles, particularly in open spaces, such as parks.

Nesta is an innovation charity that runs projects which help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. Nesta, in partnership with The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Big Lottery Fund, are currently running a Rethinking Parks Programme looking for bold and innovative ways to use, manage and make the most of the UK’s public parks.

In our guest blog today Lydia Ragoonanan, Rethinking Parks programme manager explains why we need better intelligence to keep our parks going.

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