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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!

It’s December, so we feel safe mentioning the ‘C’ word and sharing our 5 favourite Christmas gifts for the map lover in your life. Grab some inspiration here: 1. The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain Relax this Christmas and take an immersive colouring trip across the country, from coasts and forests... Read More The post Top 5 mappy Christmas gifts appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

Cabin crew doors to manual and seat belts signs switched off…the 2016 flying season is complete. Jean Martin and her team explain why the season has come to an end and what they’re planning next. It’s been another busy year for the OS Flying Unit, working from our East Midlands Airport base and taking to the skies... Read More The post The Flying Unit has landed… appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

Did you watch ITV’s Countrywise on Friday night? If you tuned in, you’ll have seen Ben Fogle being an honorary surveyor as it became Scafell Pike’s turn for a re-measure.  It marked the finale of the re-measurement of Scotland, Wales and England’s famous three mountain highs – Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike. Why are... Read More The post Surveying England’s highest peak appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

G&J Surveys, the team that has made a hobby of measuring the heights of hills and mountains, is ten years old.  And the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH) celebrates its 15th birthday this year.  John Barnard from G&J Surveys tells us why the two are linked and how they’ve been celebrating. DoBIH was... Read More The post Birthday celebrations with two new Nuttalls appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Steve Jones, Production Manager Wales Over the last few years, the RNLI have been replacing their current lifeboats with the new larger Tamar class. In some cases, this has meant new lifeboat stations being built to accommodate the new craft. And, in turn, this has affected us at OS, as our surveyors... Read More The post Mapping the new St Davids Lifeboat Station appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

The second in our new series of blogs from the teams behind our apps, maps and services, sharing their experiences in software engineering, cartographic design, user experience and more. Chris Hall, based at our London Geovation Hub, shares his experience on updating OS Maps’ route ratings.  Whilst I was using our OS Maps app to find a... Read More The post Adding value and removing friction in our flagship mobile app, OS Maps appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

We recently hosted a British Cartographic Society (BCS) event at our head office, ‘Better Mapping with QGIS’. It was a one day event that introduced the fundamentals of cartographic design and culminated in a hands-on QGIS workshop. We were thrilled to have a packed lecture theatre and the day kicked off with Alex Kent, President... Read More The post Better Mapping with QGIS appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Our surveying team are working across Britain on a daily basis, capturing all of the changes to our country. From new roads and housing estates to hospitals and shopping centres, the team map it all out. Our surveyor Keith Lanham was asked to survey a more unusual site recently, with particular significance on Remembrance Day.... Read More The post Surveying a badge to honour appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

The first in a new series of blogs from the teams behind many of our apps, maps and services, sharing their experiences in software engineering, cartographic design, user experience and more. We start with a tale of collaboration, a rapid feedback process and pies!  It’s never good to be faced with a new problem deep into... Read More The post App development: Pie chart cluster markers appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

 Really helpful to find out more of what will happen at the Geovation Camp and how the Challenge application process works. It was also great to bounce ideas off other people and network with them. The workshop schedule was great and I learned a lot! Our 10th Geovation Challenge has launched – ‘How can we better... Read More The post Sign up for a Geovation Challenge workshop appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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