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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.

With just over two weeks to go until Christmas, we started thinking about our favourite Christmas place names around Great Britain. Take a look and let us know of any others we should add to the list… From Cold Christmas (Hertfordshire) and Christmas Cross (Shropshire) to Holly Green (Worcestershire) and Ivy Tree (Cumbria), there are places scattered across the country where it... Read More The post Merry (Cold) Christmas appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

Recently we wrote about a British Cartographic Society (BCS) event hosted at our head office, ‘Better Mapping with QGIS’. The one day event saw a mixture of presentations and an afternoon workshop, led by cartographic and industry experts. The culmination of the workshop was a map challenge and we are now pleased to announce the winner!... Read More The post Better Mapping: Map Challenge Winner appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

Guest blog by surveyor Bill Cranna As surveyors, we’re used to working in all aspects of the landscape, but a request from Registers of Scotland (RoS) was a little more unusual. Last winter saw enormous flooding along the River Dee, at Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire. The floods resulted in devastation along the length of the river... Read More The post Surveying the effect of flooding appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

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 | 1 week 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 4 weeks ago

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