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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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


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.


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!

This year marks the 225th anniversary of OS, giving us a map-making history to be proud of. Over the years we’ve amassed quite a collection of artifacts, many of which are dotted around our Southampton head office – including a Ramsden theodolite in our CEO’s office and a copy of the 1801 map of Kent in... Read More The post Marking Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 20 hours ago

On Sunday 2 October, Southampton FC legend Francis Benali starts his challenge to run and cycle to every English League Premier and Championship club. Franny is building on his 2014 challenge, where he visited the 20 Premier League football grounds, by running 50 miles a day for three weeks and raising over £265,000 for Cancer... Read More The post Mapping Benali’s Big Race appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

We are excited to announce that our 10th Geovation Challenge will focus on our underground assets.  The Challenge ‘How can we better manage underground assets in Britain?’ recognises successful innovation depends on developing innovative solutions to real problems.  The challenge opens for entries on 19 October, 2016 with the focus on using geographical data and design... Read More The post Join the Geovation Challenge launch on 12 October appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 5 days ago

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 | 1 week 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 4 weeks ago

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