The aim of the Generalisation team is to automate the derivation of products (maps or datasets) from the large scale data that Ordnance Survey collects and maintains. Full automation is often only inspirational, the real aim is to find the most cost effective way to create and maintain products.
In collaboration with the English Project, we are developing an ‘alternative name’ gazetteer. Alternative place names are unofficial names that do not currently appear on our maps.
Automatic Change Detection
One of our main tasks is to keep our mapping and spatial data as up to date as possible. To ensure this, we need to know when new houses have been built, when sites have been re-developed, and when any other changes have occurred which will affect our mapping.