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January

GeoPlace wins prestigious Best Project Delivery at UK Public Sector Digital Awards

February

Ordnance Survey today celebrates an important milestone as the 2000th member joins the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) just nine months after it was launched.

Map owners no longer face a ‘life on the edge’ thanks to a new range of customisable paper maps from Ordnance Survey.

Budding innovators and entrepreneurs are being asked to contribute ideas that could improve neighbourhoods and communities across Britain, with a £115 000 prize fund available to help develop the best entries.

Ordnance Survey is pleased to announce the inclusion of over 3 million Scottish addresses in the AddressBase suite of products.

Great Britain’s national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, is pleased to announce that its Flying Unit will be based at East Midlands Airport with two aircraft which will fly the length and breadth of Great Britain to capture aerial photography.

March

People across Great Britain are being given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of open data, and the tools and techniques to use open datasets, through a series of free masterclasses hosted by Ordnance Survey.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal visited the newly-restored Osmington White Horse near Weymouth to celebrate the monument 204 years after its creation to honour King George III – her great, great, great, great grandfather yesterday.

Ordnance Survey is to launch the second GeoVation Challenge of the year focusing on the Wales Coast Path.

Map owners no longer face a ‘life on the edge’ thanks to a new range of customisable paper maps from Ordnance Survey.

April

Ordnance Survey has teamed up with Newcastle City Council to demonstrate how 3D mapping can help make Newcastle one of the most sustainable cities in Europe.

IT and business-people looking to grow their businesses have been challenged to bring their imagination to an event focusing on providing services and making a profit from location data and mapping.

Ordnance Survey staff have been selling doughnuts, planting bulbs and even swapping clothes in a £20,000 fundraising effort for Marie Curie Cancer Care in Southampton.

May

The national mapping agency of Great Britain is extending its range of all-weather, plastic coated maps following high demand from consumers and trade.

Budding entrepreneurs across Great Britain could see their ideas turned into a reality when they go before an Ordnance Survey Dragon’s Den.

A Government organisation’s headquarters has scooped a prestigious national development award.

June

Ordnance Survey and GeoPlace have welcomed the Cabinet Office’s call for greater use of Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) across the public sector, to support the move towards individual electoral registration (IER).

New apps and tools aimed at transforming Britain’s neighbourhoods to be launched with funding from Ordnance Survey.

National mapping agency, Ordnance Survey and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are collaborating on a vernacular geography project, collecting local place names used by people to improve emergency responses.

July

A Southampton life-saving charity is to benefit from the fundraising power of Great Britain’s national mapping agency

Budding entrepreneurs across Great Britain are bidding for a share of £125,000 funding to turn their ideas on how Wales could make the most of its new coast path, into a reality.

Five groups of entrepreneurs from across Wales and the wider UK have been given the funding to turn their visions for the Wales Coast Path into a reality.

Ordnance Survey is launching a new international service to help other countries around the world un-tap the multi-million pound potential of accurate geographic information (GI).

August

Ordnance Survey are pleased to announce that they have raised £1,500 for Southampton-based charity The Red and White Appeal. This means the charity will be able to purchase the first of six infusion pumps which Ordnance Survey hopes to provide for Southampton General Hospital over the coming year.

Ordnance Survey is holding a networking event in ‘Tech City’ to showcase entrepreneurs and new start-up businesses that are making the best use of location technology.

Ordnance Survey data is being used to celebrate the success of Great Britain’s medal-winning athletes this summer.

September

Fraudulent claims being fuelled by the recession continues to be the top concern of the next 12 months for insurance fraud investigators.

Leaders and pioneers in transport innovation are set to come together to look at new and improved shared working practices.

The latest Ordnance Survey mapping developments will be on show at the AGI GeoCommunity ’12 Conference in Nottingham.

October

Land and property professionals reminded to ensure they are using correctly licensed mapping data

November

More NHS organisations than ever before are using innovative mapping technologies to help improve local health services. From reducing obesity in Birmingham to plotting hotspots of low immunisation take up in Essex, Ordnance Survey’s intelligent geographic information is being used in a wide range of settings to inform healthcare decision-making.

People across Great Britain are being given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of open data and the tools and techniques to use open datasets, through a series of free masterclasses hosted by Ordnance Survey.

Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency for Great Britain, is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Ian Nunn.

Britain’s national mapping agency won the award for Best Use of Agile in the public sector at the 2012 UK Agile Awards, held at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London, presented by Yoh.

The passion for baking that has swept the nation in the last few years has led to a delicious day at Ordnance Survey recently. Inspired by the Great British Bake Off on BBC2, staff got out their mixing bowls and produced endless goodies for categories including a technical bake using a classic scone recipe and glorious sponge cakes both large and small.

Have you ever wanted your face on the cover of an Ordnance Survey map? A new development for the popular Ordnance Survey custom made maps now allows customers to add their favourite image to the front cover of their personalised map.

National mapping agency Ordnance Survey has teamed up with the Wessex Heartbeat charity to bring health and wellbeing initiative ‘Your Healthy Heart’ to its staff and emphasise the value of walking as a part of having a healthy life.

December

With the season of goodwill just around the corner, many of us are thinking about what our nearest and dearest would most like to find in their Christmas stocking. Ordnance Survey has a range of maps and vouchers on offer which are ideal for the map lover in your life.

Ordnance Survey’s free data portal, OS OpenData, is being upgraded to make it even easier for developers and entrepreneurs to create and customise maps.

Many people start the New Year by making New Year’s resolutions. The trouble is that we make the same resolutions year after year – they are just too difficult to stick to. It’s easy to make excuses, lose momentum and then they quickly fall by the wayside, meaning that we make them over next year and the year after!

Over the last few months we’ve been sharing unusual surveying stories with you – from mapping chalk figures to lifeboat stations to the aftermath of a flood. All of these tasks form a part of the 10,000 changes a day taking place in our geospatial database of Great Britain. The variety of jobs faced by our 250+... Read More The post A day in the life of an OS surveyor appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

Colour is one of the main graphic elements that a cartographer uses to make their map clear to read. Amongst other things we use colour to create familiarity, to differentiate features and to create a clear visual hierarchy. There are many things we can do to the features on our maps to change their appearance... Read More The post Carto tips: Using blend modes and opacity levels appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

Guest blog by our Licensed Partner, A-Z Maps A-Z Maps has been chosen as the official mapping partner to produce maps for the National Trails of England and Wales. There are 16 long distance paths that are official National Trails, covering some of the most stunning parts of the country. The official National Trail maps will... Read More The post A-Z map the National Trails appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

With news that Lover (Wiltshire) had created a pop-up Post Office for romantics to get their Valentine’s cards stamped ‘Posted at Lover’, is it now the most romantic place in Britain? A quick search of our database reveals that the country is blossoming with plenty of places for budding romantics to confess their love on Valentine’s Day.... Read More The post Is Lover the most romantic place in Britain? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

We’re heading to London on Friday to take part in a celebration of all things map, geo and cartographic at the British Library’s evening bash. And we’ve already blogged about the Tower of London being a former home to OS. Today we take a look at the staggering amount of change taking place in London, that our... Read More The post Mapping the changes in London appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Peter Capaldi will be back for his final series as the twelfth Doctor this Easter and media speculation (and betting) on the new Doctor Who reminded us of our OS OpenSpace Tardis map*. We decided to add a new dimension for 2017, marking the location of the birthplaces** of the 12 actors to play the Doctor... Read More The post Putting Doctor Who on the map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

We’re heading to London on Friday to take part in a celebration of all things map, geo and cartographic at the British Library’s evening bash. But did you know that London used to be home to Ordnance Survey? Although we’ve spent the last 176 years with our head office based in Southampton, our early days were... Read More The post Mapping our London roots appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

In this two-part article, I want to show organisations how to go about creating a location data strategy. The business operations of many organisations revolve around location. Whether you are thinking about your supply chain, asset location or customer address, location affects everything. In part one, I looked at how you could express your business... Read More The post Why you need a location strategy – part two appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

All year around, Britain’s emergency responders need to be ready to deal with crises and disruptive events –from natural disasters to deliberate attacks. The emergency response community can access a secure information-sharing platform called ResilienceDirect, which is underpinned by OS location data through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA). At this time of year, the... Read More The post Report a Flooded Property app for emergency responders appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

When I wrote about ‘Why you need an address master data management strategy’, I highlighted how organisations could gain better control of the address data they hold. There are many reasons why you would want to do this; better addresses can streamline operations, reduce errors and waste and even lead to new business opportunities. For many... Read More The post Why you need a location data strategy appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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