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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!

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 | 3 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 | 1 week 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 3 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 | 3 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

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 weeks ago

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