OS has changed from a centuries-old venerable mapping company into a big data powerhouse. Our location data – or geographic information (GI) – has weaved itself into the very fabric of everyday life, right across Great Britain.
While the public still knows us for our comprehensive range of printed leisure maps, the digital side of the business accounts for more than 90% of turnover. The public and private sectors benefit from accurate information about ‘location’ and a world-leading reliable geographic framework helps deliver effective and efficient services.
The majority of information collected in Britain has some geographic feature – from the location of people, buildings and postcodes to administrative boundaries and flood risk areas. The potential to help make businesses more profitable and efficient through linking and analysing different sets of information is enormous.
Major investments have been made to help us collect and maintain richer data. This is achieved today through field surveyors, global navigation satellite systems, remote sensing and a range of advanced geographical information systems (GIS) tools and software.
All 243,241 square kilometres of Great Britain are surveyed and up to 20,000 changes are put into the database daily. By being at the forefront of geospatial capability for more than 230 years, we’ve built a reputation as the world’s most trusted geospatial partner.