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January

The latest figures from Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency, reveal the effect of the recession on the high street, with the presence of estate agents, building societies and auction houses being most significantly reduced

A brand-new, purpose-built day nursery has opened for business at Adanac Drive in Southampton. Built by Ordnance Survey to provide childcare for staff, the nursery is being run by local childcare expert Clive Tongue and is extending a welcome to local children.

Leading global insurer, RSA, today announced an enhancement to its underwriting systems, after signing a deal with Ordnance Survey for its OS VectorMap Local digital mapping product.

February

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has given the green light to plans unveiled by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in December 2010.

Ordnance Survey has donated a prize-winning, giant floor map of Great Britain to INTECH Science Centre in Winchester.

Ordnance Survey has joined forces with Southampton City Council to celebrate over 160 years of history between the map makers and the city with an exhibition at the Maritime Museum.

March

100 stunning aerial images which form part of an extraordinary outdoor exhibition can now be viewed on a new interactive map created using Ordnance Survey data.

A mobile app that lets you report transport problems; an Underground style map of London’s cycle routes; and a parcel delivery service that promises minute-by-minute tracking.

This week, Ordnance Survey held an event at its new head office to reveal the second phase of its new pricing and licensing model to current Licensed Partners, which aims to enable greater access to its products and geographic datasets under a simplified structure.

April

Following approval from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the legal process to form GeoPlace has now been finalised, and production of the ‘national address gazetteer database’ to provide one definitive source of accurate spatial address data for England and Wales is now on track for delivery in the Autumn 2011.

Today (1 April 2011) marks one year since the launch of OS OpenData, the service that made a range of Ordnance Survey mapping data available for free for the first time.

Public sector organisations in England and Wales have access to Ordnance Survey mapping data under a single agreement for the first time from 1 April 2011.

Six months of fundraising by Ordnance Survey staff has generated £10,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Digimap for Schools, the online mapping portal that brings digital Ordnance Survey mapping into the classroom, received a top honour at the Geographical Association’s awards on Thursday (14 April) evening.

May

Ordnance Survey has awarded a new 4-year Framework Agreement for the Supply and Maintenance of Geospatial Data, which replaces previous data collection contracts.

This week, metadata about Ordnance Survey’s products has been made available through data.gov.uk, alongside INSPIRE-compliant view services through the OS OnDemand web map service.

Ordnance Survey has released an enhanced and updated version of OS OnDemand, its web mapping service designed for professional users.

The Power House exhibition showcases the roles of major organisations which provided the bedrock of England’s power throughout the centuries, who worked within the Tower walls; this included Ordnance Survey.

Innovators scoop top prizes at transport awards Following a day of drama and excitement at Ordnance Survey’s Southampton head office, the winners of the GeoVation Challenge, ‘How can we improve transport in Britain’ have been decided.

June

Following its successful launch in Bath last year the popular exhibition, Britain from the Air, has taken its first step on a UK-wide tour, in Oxford.

A traditional ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of a new Graduate Geography and Environment Research Hub at the University of Southampton.

Tuesday 21 June marks 220 years since the establishment of Ordnance Survey, Britain's national mapping agency.

July

Senior representatives and leaders from mapping organisations from across the world descended upon Southampton last week for a conference hosted by Ordnance Survey.

The Prime Minister announced today that Ministerial responsibility for Ordnance Survey, alongside Land Registry and the Met Office, will pass to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

August

Ordnance Survey announces the 100th member of One Scotland Mapping Agreement

September

The launch of the eagerly-anticipated new addressing products will be one of the highlights at this year’s Association of Geographic Information GeoCommunity conference.

The Duke of Edinburgh is to officially open Ordnance Survey’s new head office in Southampton during an official visit on 4 October.

The AddressBase range of products, the definitive source of spatial address and property information for England and Wales, are available from today (Friday 30 September).

The AddressBase range of products, the definitive source of spatial address and property information for England and Wales, are available from 30 September 2011.

October

Yesterday, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened Ordnance Survey's new head office in Southampton.

From today, Ordnance Survey staff across the country will be using the social networking site Twitter to provide live updates as they map the ever changing Great British landscape.

November

On 3 November 2011 GeoPlace LLP announced the winners of the 2011 National Gazetteers Exemplar Awards. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of local authorities, local partnerships, police forces and fire and rescue services, in the creation, maintenance and utilisation of the National Gazetteers.

A new Cabinet Office guide encourages the ‘responder’ community to adopt the use of digital mapping and GIS mapping systems as an effective tool in contingency planning.

Digimap for Schools is celebrating its first birthday with a new free mystery map challenge allowing pupils to identify hidden locations using key geographic information.

December

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) has become the first public sector customer of a ground-breaking new ‘on-demand’ service from Ordnance Survey. The OS OnDemand Web Map Tile Service (WMTS-like) will enable SYFR to utilise a single web based view of their geographic location data across a range of systems and platforms from fire incident data to the location of fire hydrants to improve the accessibility of its operational information.

Hands up if you’d like a chance to top up your navigation skills! For the first time we’re holding a National Map Reading Week to help you stay safe when you #GetOutside. From 17-23 October, we’ll be hosting free map reading workshops and will have some fantastic resources, from videos to handy guides, readily available... Read More The post National Map Reading Week coming in October appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

After months of planning the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC) joint conference finally took place this month. Through my new role as program chair to the BCS it’s my role to organise and deliver the conference. No pressure then. Paul Naylor, Carto Design team. Called Mapping on the Edge, the event... Read More The post Mapping on the Edge appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

By Rollo Home, Strategic Product Manager For 225 years we’ve worked with governments, private industry, and individuals alike, since the data we produce touches and connects the lives of everyone in the country. We know the location of every road, water network, mast, residential and commercial address and the type of terrain, plus much more.... Read More The post Where does blockchain sit in the geospatial world? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

We blogged recently about a new app from former Geovation winners Run An Empire. Find out more about them in their guest blog by Sam Hill. It was back in 2014 when I first walked into the shiny atrium of the Ordnance Survey head office. My team and I had caught several trains from East London... Read More The post Bringing Run An Empire to life appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Seeing as an improvement in our model that transforms height from GPS to one above mean sea level has caused a hill to “grow” into a mountain – we thought it would be a good idea to explain how positions and heights surveyed by our surveyors with GPS make it onto our maps. All positioning... Read More The post OSTN15 – the new geoid for Britain appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Myrddyn Phillips, Hill Data & Mountain Surveys  Calf Top (SD 664 856) is a rather unassuming hill which is approximately 6km south of Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales.  It rises above the deep cleft of Barbondale to its east and Dentdale to its north, and although not the highest hill in the... Read More The post Calf Top – England’s last mountain appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

If you were watching BBC Breakfast yesterday morning, you may have seen a feature about OS mapping Britain from the skies and interpreting that data into 3D maps to create a digital twin of our real-life landscape. Snowdonia as a 3D map Neither aerial surveying nor 3D are new to OS. We’ve been surveying from... Read More The post Mapping Britain in 3D appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

If you were watching BBC Breakfast this morning, you may have seen their reporter, Graham Satchell, heading out with our Flying Unit and finding out how we survey Britain from the skies. We’ve actually been using aerial photography to carry out our surveys for almost 100 years. Originally, this had the advantage of capturing information... Read More The post Surveying Britain from the skies appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Run An Empire were winners of the ‘How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?’ Geovation Challenge. The Hoxton-based, PAN Studio were awarded £26,000 to develop their idea, an exercise strategy game on a smart phone app. Run An Empire uses GPS with OS data to record the paths players take and allows people to compete... Read More The post Geovation winners Run An Empire launch fitness game appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

We have genuinely loved seeing all of the fantastic trig pillar photos that you’ve been sharing with us as we celebrate the 80th year of the trig. Across Twitter and Instagram you’ve sent in an amazing 1,656 entries of trigs across Britain. We highly recommend going and checking some of the entries out. Our final... Read More The post #TrigPillar80 competition now closed appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

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