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January

Ordnance Survey’s OS OpenSpace API has proven to be the number one choice of online mapping for a front-runner in the field of Adventure Racing

Ordnance Survey has launched its first official mobile app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. OS MapFinder, is an ideal iOS app for outdoor enthusiasts.

Ordnance Survey’s first official mapping app is proving popular with nearly 40,000 downloads in the first two weeks. The app includes free overview mapping with the option of purchasing more detailed 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 mapping in small easily accessible 100km 2 tiles.

Ordnance Survey is delighted to announce that 14 applicants have met its gruelling standards and been awarded Accredited Consultant status.

Ordnance Survey is recruiting a handful of specialist graduates to meet the rising demand for their digital data, that is relied upon by government, business and individuals.

February

Ordnance Survey has developed and released a full set of style sheets for all its vector products, including OS MasterMap Topography Layer and OS VectorMap Local. The new style sheets will help customers and partners reduce the time and resource needed to properly apply cartographic styling for web and GIS visualisation.

March

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Royal Mail's Address Management Unit (AMU) are pleased to announce the planned introduction of the PAF Public Sector Licence. The PAF Public Sector Licence is intended to widen access to, and increase usage of PAF by public sector organisations.

Budding innovators and entrepreneurs are being asked to contribute ideas that could help businesses improve their environmental performance, with the opportunity to win a slice of a £100,000 development prize fund.

A recent hack event, supported by Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation team, generated a number of innovative demos showcasing how technology can support greener business, paving the way for other budding innovators and entrepreneurs to submit their ideas to the latest GeoVation Challenge.

A new version of OS VectorMap District is available from today (21 March 2013) through OS OpenData. Since its alpha release in 2010, the product has become one of the most popular downloaded datasets, with free to use terms, from Ordnance Survey’s OS OpenData portal. Over the last three years Ordnance Survey has continued to work closely with customers to improve and develop this flagship product, resulting in the development of a significantly upgraded version 1.0 of OS VectorMap District.

April

OS MasterMap® Sites Layer is a nationally maintained dataset that maps the detailed extent of important locations such as airports, schools, hospitals, ports, utility and infrastructure sites and more. The points of access into these sites from the nearest road network are also provided.

Public sector organisations in Scotland will continue to have access to Ordnance Survey mapping data following an agreement between the Scottish Government and Ordnance Survey to renew the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA).

Following its successful visits to Bath, Oxford and Chatham the popular exhibition, Britain from the Air, has headed north to Edinburgh. The outdoor exhibition arrived in the Scottish capital on 22 March 2013, and was officially opened by broadcaster and former Royal Geographical Society President, Michael Palin, on 4 April 2013.

Ordnance Survey has unveiled the first big update of its popular OS MapFinder app, adding several new features and enhancements. The latest version of OS MapFinder includes new advanced sharing options, greater social media integration and the ability to sync routes between iOS devices. Other usability enhancements include map grid optimisation and improved direction pointer features.

Ordnance Survey is recruiting a number of undergraduates to join their programme and work on a variety of business projects, including building web applications using digital mapping datasets or developing their popular online consumer mapping service, OS getamap.

A study has revealed that the insurance industry needs to adopt new ways of working in order to make sense of Big Data and remain competitive in future years to come.

May

Ordnance Survey has released a new product which maps watercourses across Scotland including the highlands and islands, to help local authorities manage flood risk effectively and reduce the impact of flooding incidents.

Real Food Wales is a new iPhone app, which helps users discover local, sustainable and delicious food along the Welsh Coast Path in Pembrokeshire.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has taken a step closer to developing a new 3D enabled spatial data model of the nation following a new partnership between Ordnance Survey International and the Survey and Land Registration Bureau (SLRB).

The Red & White Appeal aims to raise funds to create a specially designed, dedicated unit for haematology patients receiving day case or outpatient care. Ordnance Survey started a campaign in April 2012, to raise enough money for six new infusion pumps, at a cost of £1,500 each, to deliver fluids to patients in a controlled manner. We hope our fundraising efforts over the coming year will enable us to purchase some (if not all) of these pumps.

June

Ordnance Survey is delighted to announce their sponsorship of this year’s Lordshill 10k Race.

Since customers have had the ability to upload their own cover images to Ordnance Survey’s Custom Made maps, there has been a battle going on to establish which is the most popular cover image.

July

Four groups of entrepreneurs from across the country are set to receive a share of £100,000 funding to turn their visions for greener business into a reality.

Twenty years ago, very few people could name a world-class British cyclist beyond Chris Boardman, but following last year’s Olympic exploits and Sir Bradley Wiggins’ triumph at the Tour de France, a whole generation of Brits have been inspired to embrace pedal power according to Ordnance Survey.

Offering maintained national coverage and available in both grid and contour formats, OS Terrain 5 is the new height product from Ordnance Survey depicting the shape of Great Britain’s landscape. Presented as a Digital Terrain Model (DTM), OS Terrain 5 adds the third dimension to analytical applications such as flood risk assessment and infrastructure development.

Ordnance Survey, which reports to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), has signed the Consortium Agreement and Grant Agreement to participate in the European Location Framework (ELF) project.

As part of Marwell Wildlife’s Go! Rhinos event, Southampton will be the home to a herd of sponsored rhinos. Ordnance Survey has put them on the map.

Developers using Ordnance Survey’s OS OpenData products have been busy accessing the organisation’s new Linked Data service.

Nearly 300 senior leaders in the field of geospatial information will be arriving in Cambridge this week to discuss the future global direction of digital mapping.

Ordnance Survey is pleased to be giving developers of mobile applications a helping hand with the launch of a free mapping software development kit (SDK).

Remember to pack a map with your mac and get to know Britain better this summer, says Ordnance Survey. From planning the perfect family day out to on-the-spot navigation for outdoor activities, it’s an essential piece of staycation kit.

Ordnance Survey is inviting its map users to enter a competition to be a new face in its ‘Explore More’ marketing campaign for press advertising, online and in-store point of sale.

August

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust becomes latest member to embrace innovative digital mapping data.

September

Ordnance Survey has entered the Android market for the first time with the launch of its OS MapFinder app.

A team developing ideas for future products and services at Ordnance Survey has created a map of Great Britain in the popular Minecraft video game.

October

Ordnance Survey are pleased to announce details on the latest series of free OS OpenData masterclasses, giving developers the chance to get to grips with digital mapping data and understand how it can support their businesses, products, services and applications.

Ordnance Survey is celebrating two years of its addressing product range ‘AddressBase’ by sharing its successes since its launch.

A team of GeoVation winners from Staffordshire and West Midlands (SWM) Probation Trust have launched a new app to help the public choose what Community Payback work criminals do.

Following the success of the OS OpenSpace SDK for iOS, Ordnance Survey has announced the launch of its Android version.

Ordnance Survey International has announced the signing of a five-year Specialist Advisory Framework Agreement with the Survey and Land Registration Bureau (SLRB) of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Six map and outdoor enthusiasts have been chosen to become national faces of Ordnance Survey’s ‘Explore More’ marketing campaign after entering a recent photo competition.

November

The landscape of Great Britain changes every day and Ordnance Survey, which records up to 10,000 changes daily, is advising clients of land and property professionals and the professionals themselves to check the mapping data they have is up to date, licensed and legal.

Ordnance Survey is seeking innovators and entrepreneurs to contribute ideas that could encourage more active lifestyles in Britain, with a £100,000 prize fund available to help develop four of the best entries.

With demand for services increasing, Ordnance Survey International is pleased to welcome Chris Holcroft and John Kedar to the team. Both have a long history of working with Ordnance Survey and the global geospatial industry, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the team.

If you want to create a personalised map of anywhere in Great Britain then look no further than Ordnance Survey's Custom Made maps. You can add you own unique titles, images and you can choose the scale.

Country walks, clean bed sheets, a cuddle with a partner and booking a holiday are among a list of the 50 most pleasurable things in life, an Ordnance Survey study revealed.

December

Ordnance Survey has announced the launch of its Developer Challenge 2014, a new initiative to provide budding entrepreneurs with a platform to launch their business idea.

Sales of Ordnance Survey’s customised maps have more than doubled this year on the run up to Christmas making it a very popular stocking filler.

Getting access to the most detailed, up-to-date maps has just become more cost effective with the mobile app from Ordnance Survey.

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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