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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.

Whether it’s people buying the essential maps and outdoor equipment to help them enjoy the great outdoors, or searching for the perfect gift, our online store is attracting shoppers from around the world. The shop, which opened in 1999, has sold items to people in 40 countries, including Panama, Madagascar, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Guatemala.... Read More The post From Argentina to New Zealand – it’s not just Brits who are buying from the OS shop appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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Ordnance Survey International (OSI) is working with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and the World Bank to build the geospatial capacity of Tanzania. You can find out more about it in our recent news release. We recently held two high-level geospatial policy seminars to explore the benefits... Read More The post Sharing geospatial expertise in Tanzania appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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Following on from the recent ‘Sue x’ field carving mystery, we spotted letters almost as long as the Anfield pitch spelling ‘LFC’ spotted on Shropshire hillside – but who has done it?  Our Flying Unit captures aerial imagery of over 50,000 square kilometres of the country each season. From the Isles of Scilly to Shetland, the team... Read More The post Is this the most unusual way of showing support for a team ever? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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We mentioned in a previous post that we’ve been developing a toolkit of assets and resources and we are pleased to say that v0.1 is now available. The GeoDataViz Toolkit is a set of resources that will help you communicate your data effectively through the design of compelling visuals. What is in the toolkit? Basemaps –... Read More The post Launching the GeoDataViz Toolkit appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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By Iain Goodwin, OS Relationship Manager across all government sectors  At a time when there’s an appetite for making better use of data to improve services, I’ve been thinking… If we recognise the value of the output (a map as an evidence base to underpin decision making), what can be done to improve the input... Read More The post Unique geographic keys – linking people to places appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Sunny day? Head to the coast to enjoy the British beaches. Need to de-stress? Head to the coast and have a walk, listen to the waves crashing and smelling the sea air. Picturing your perfect holiday home? Chances are it’s on the coast. It’s safe to say that most Britons are fans of the coast... Read More The post OS data being used to predict coastal change in Scotland appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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By Richard Martin, GIS Analyst at the National Trust As keen followers of the OS blog, we found the ‘trodden paths’ post in August of particular interest. The National Trust (NT) is a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for... Read More The post Trodden paths with National Trust and OS Maps appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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Are these some of Britain’s most scariest streets and gruesome roads, ask the batty guys and ghouls of Ordnance Survey this Halloween? The picturesque Lancashire village of Appley Bridge sits in the Douglas Valley near the Leeds and Liverpool canal. To find the village you need to come off the M6 at junction 27 and... Read More The post The Dark End of the Street appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

We recently held a hackathon with RNLI and Bournemouth Council and are pleased to report first hand that it was awesome! Read on for a flavour of the day, highlights of the successes and to share some of our experiences in organising a hackathon. Every year, around 190 people drown in UK and Irish waters – half of... Read More The post Water, Water Everywhere hackathon a great success appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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By Jeremy Morley, Chief Geospatial Scientist  ‘Digital Twin’ is the new ‘Smart City’. It’s a term that has little consensus on its meaning, but critical importance for those who understand its significance and role in a prosperous future for the UK. Earlier this month, at the Digital Twin Data Challenge, we saw academics and professionals... Read More The post ‘Digital Twin’ is the new ‘Smart City’ appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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