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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.

We often share the photos taken by our Flying Unit in between their surveying tasks. And you’ll have seen the aerial imagery they take when surveying from the skies. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to do your daily work in the back of a Cessna 404? Roger Nock, one of our Flying Unit,... Read More The post Behind the scenes in the Flying Unit appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

March 24 sees the UK film release of Lost City of Z. It chronicles the South American adventures of British explorer, cartographer and archaeologist Lt Colonel Percy Fawcett. I joined a panel discussion in London last week, along with historian Dan Snow and Lost City of Z author David Grann, discussing how Percy would have... Read More The post How to map a new country? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

When we decided to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the trig pillar last year, we had no idea how strongly so many of you felt about the (mostly) concrete pillars dotted around Britain. We’ve had over 1,200 Instagram posts, uncovered dozens of trig baggers, seen Rob Woodall complete his 13-year mission to bag all 6,190... Read More The post 7 fantastic things about #TrigPillar80 appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Geo Business Join over 3,000 visitors from more than 50 countries at the highly anticipated and action-packed GEO Business event, due to take place at the Business Design Centre in London from 23-25 May. Not only are the exhibition, associated meetings and commercial workshops free to attend, but the conference delegate fee... Read More The post Keep one step ahead at GEO Business 2017 – the fastest growing geospatial event in the industry appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Andy Ryan, Senior Technical Product Manager When I go somewhere new, I usually look up a map (OS of course) before I go. I’m not quite sure why I do, but it’s a habit of mine which my children tease me about. In the world of business, when location is involved then... Read More The post What lies below? Can you help create international standards? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Following a number of queries about our Boundary-Line OS OpenData product, please read our statement. Boundary-Line is an OS OpenData product which we release under the terms of the Open Government Licence. Our production cycle for Boundary-Line sees us release updates in May and October each year. The primary purpose of Boundary-Line is to show the... Read More The post Boundary-Line statement appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

It’s not every day that we add a whale to our maps, but surveyor Shaun McGrath did recently… I first became aware of the Colonsay Whale some time after a visit to the Isle of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides last year, on a particularly fine day trip to carry out some survey work. It’s... Read More The post Surveying the Colonsay Whale appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

A fantastic way to inspire a love of cartography at an early age, have you heard of the  Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2017? Barbara was a leading cartographer whose work related to children. In her memory, the International Cartographic Association holds a biennial competition. 2015 overall winner: The world in our hands by Pan Sin... Read More The post Enter the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2017 appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Our surveyors are usually local to the areas they survey and this was the case for Andy Caulfield when he was mapping the new Tadcaster Bridge. The bridge partially collapsed in the aftermath of the Boxing Day storms in 2015, impacting local residents and businesses for the next 14 months while repairs were carried out.... Read More The post Putting Tadcaster Bridge (back) on the map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

One of the joys of working for OS is that you get asked to give authoritative answers to all sorts of geographic questions. ‘Classic’ questions such as how long is the coastline of Great Britain? often crop up. Which, if you read our recent blog on which English county has the longest coastline, you’ll know isn’t as easy to answer... Read More The post Everything seems simple until you think about it appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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