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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!

Over the last few months, Geovation has worked with the utility industry to identify their biggest challenges in managing our underground assets. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an innovator or a developer we’re now inviting you to come up with solutions to tackle these real-world problems using location data.   As a result of consultations with senior... Read More The post Going underground with the Geovation Challenge 2016 appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

We launched The Great British Colouring Map with our publishers Laurence King last week and have been thrilled with all of the lovely things you’ve been saying about it. As well as being beautiful to look at (we would say that), the #GBColouringMap can actually have health benefits, as colouring has strong links to mindfulness.... Read More The post Promoting mindfulness with the #GBColouringMap appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 5 days ago

If you haven’t used or heard of it before, AddressBase is a family of three addressing products we’ve offered since 2011. These products provide the most comprehensive and definitive source of spatial addressing information for England, Scotland and Wales, amounting to over 41 million records. The products are made up of numerous authoritative sources, all... Read More The post Going beyond Great Britain with AddressBase Islands… appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

Last month we had a story about hills growing into mountains and now we blog about the opposite situation…Recent press stories about what *might* happen if rising sea levels lead to a change in the datum value used for mean sea level on OS maps, has seen some people thinking that the heights of hills and mountains... Read More The post Are Britain’s mountains shrinking? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Whether it’s developing GeoTech solutions, creating next-generation 3D mapping, determining future OS OpenData strategy or the management of web technologies and APIs, graduates are actively shaping the future of OS. Since 2012, 16 graduates have joined OS and we’re now recruiting for 6 new graduates to join us in 2017. Our CEO, Nigel Clifford, says:... Read More The post OS graduate scheme 2017 open for applications appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

We blogged about mapping out the route for Benali’s Big Race a couple of weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to spend a day with Franny Benali on his challenge. Find out more… Former Southampton FC legend Francis Benali is now over half-way through his amazing challenge to visit all 44 Premier League and... Read More The post Over half-way – Benali’s Big Race appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

You may have heard that we teamed up with publishers Laurence King to release a new book, The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain. And it’s out today! One year on from our release of a series of downloadable colouring-in maps created using OS OpenData, comes a full book of OS maps to colour.... Read More The post Win a copy of The Great British Colouring Map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

We recently collaborated with YHA to create a stunning new display for their Youth Hostel in Castleton. The display offers visitors a variety of routes to help them #GetOutside and explore the stunning countryside that surrounds the hostel. At the centre of the display is a large 3D contour map of the area which contains... Read More The post YHA Castleton map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

By Daniel Slater, Sales Director, emapsite, OS Partner One of the typical bugbears that field data collectors face every day is ensuring they can capture the essential information they need in the most cost-effective way. Time on site can rapidly mount up when you can’t find fast, accurate answers to your queries straight off. If... Read More The post Making life easier for field workers appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Take a look behind the scenes at the type of project an OS intern can work on. We’re Khushaali and Jon and we’re graduates from The University of Southampton in Geography and Computer Science respectively. We’ve spent 12 enjoyable and interesting weeks at Ordnance Survey on an internship in the Product Development department. The brief... Read More The post Accessibility mapping appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

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