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January

Ordnance Survey is celebrating the success of its OS MapFinder app, one year after it launched.

Ordnance Survey is challenging developers and entrepreneurs to submit their business ideas, which use location information, to be in with a chance of winning a complete new business start-up package.

February

A new trial, regarded as a UK first, has been agreed between Glasgow and Ordnance Survey which could lead the way to other data initiatives with local authorities.

Ordnance Survey's graduate recruitment scheme has launched, offering seven graduates the opportunity to lead the way on developing innovative solutions for digital data.

March

OS OnDemand, Ordnance Survey’s online map service, has been a valuable asset to the Environment Agency during this winter’s flooding, providing millions of households and businesses with access to detailed flood mapping.

Ordnance Survey’s latest iOS app is ideal for pinpointing the location for anyone exploring the great outdoors. OS Locate is free to download and is a fast and highly accurate means of pinpointing a user’s exact location on the map, anywhere in Great Britain.

In a scheme designed to encourage people to use up-to-date maps, Ordnance Survey has had almost 3,000 old paper maps returned.

Ordnance Survey is pleased to announce that it has raised its Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) membership level from Technical Committee level to Principal level.

There have been a number of articles in the media this weekend reporting that Ordnance Survey is to end its policy of routinely producing maps that cover the whole country. This is simply not true.

April

Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, who has led Britain’s national mapping agency for almost 14 years as its Director General and Chief Executive has announced today that from 14 April she will focus for the rest of the year on the growth plans of Ordnance Survey internationally as Secretary General of Ordnance Survey International.

With less than three months to go before The Grand Départ in Yorkshire, Ordnance Survey has teamed up with cycling legend Chris Boardman to launch a free cycling app to help cyclists experience the routes famously ridden by the professionals.

Four groups of entrepreneurs from across the country have received a share of over a hundred thousand Pounds in funding to help turn their visions and ventures into a reality.

Three budding geolocation start-ups can get their ideas off the ground after winning a complete new business start-up package from Ordnance Survey and TechHub in the recent Developer Challenge.

Digimap for Schools has added a new historic map layer to the popular online map service, extending its potential for use in schools across a wider spectrum of the national curriculum.

New 5-year agreement with Openreach (part of BT Group) for the supply of data products, services and value added solutions is worth over £23 million.

May

Staff at Ordnance Survey presented the RNLI with a £7,734.90 donation, after 12 months of fundraising activities.

Ordnance Survey is delighted to announce a new five year agreement with SweetSpot, the organisers of The Tour of Britain, to become the official Mapping Partner across their portfolio of cycling events.

Far from its traditional image as the publisher of leisure maps for ramblers and cyclists, Ordnance Survey had a major role to play in the mapping of World War One.

June

The new version of Ordnance Survey’s popular OS Locate app can now pinpoint a user’s exact location on the map, anywhere in the world. Available for the first time on Android, the app has also been updated in iOS with a new compass in partnership with world-renowned outdoor accessories brand Silva.

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

A special Ordnance Survey map which showcases Glasgow’s infrastructure works ahead of the Commonwealth Games – including civil engineering firsts such as the Hampden Park surface raising, which lifted the surface six feet on metal stilts to accommodate the running track and athletics field – has been officially launched in the host city.

July

Young people from across the Solent area, with a keen eye for coding are being urged to sign up to a national coding competition this summer between 28 July and 3 August.

A new online mapping service has been launched as part of the Cabinet Office Resilience Direct multi-agency tool.

Off road cyclists in Hampshire are being given the opportunity to be the first in Great Britain to use a new set of trail maps.

August

A recent survey shows one in five Britons admit to having been lost on at least two occasions, but national mapmakers Ordnance Survey have found a way to help with their OS Locate app.

Ordnance Survey and INEGI (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía) of Mexico have collaborated to produce a paper on ‘how a national mapping authority can benefit from the adoption of international standards’.

With the start of the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain just weeks away, cyclists and fans can get their hands on this year’s stage maps as Ordnance Survey and SweetSpot release the routes.

September

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, today announced that Ordnance Survey would compile and release data to allow for a new map of every publicly accessible green space in England and Wales to be developed, and will allow anyone with access to the internet to find the location of their nearest park instantly.

Britain’s most famous cobbled street has been accurately mapped by national map makers Ordnance Survey (OS).

The Mayor of London and Ordnance Survey support Daniel Raven-Ellison’s Step Up Mountain Challenge 8–17 September.

Building on the success of OS Ride, a Chris Boardman backed Grand Départ app that featured the British stages of the Tour de France, Ordnance Survey has now launched a new and improved Tour of Britain version: OS Ride the Tour.

Ordnance Survey’s eighth GeoVation® Challenge sees Britain’s mapping agency teaming up with Land Registry® to offer £101,000 in development funding to help develop the best ideas and solutions to current housing issues into ventures.

Ordnance Survey is pleased to announce details on the latest series of free open data 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.

Exactly a year on from the release of GB Minecraft, Ordnance Survey has launched GB Minecraft 2. This free to download Minecraft map offers gamers a much more natural-looking and detailed version of Great Britain.

October

It will soon be Christmas and cartography crackers, Ordnance Survey, the mapping elves of Great Britain, want to make it an extra special Merry mapmaking Christmas for one lucky family by giving them the opportunity to meet Santa in Lapland before the big day.

28 new ventures and counting created and £640,000 awarded to turn innovative ideas into reality.

Ordnance Survey is pleased to announce that it has signed up to corporate supporter membership of the Open Data Institute. It will join organisations such as the Met Office, Arup, Telefonica, Thomson Reuters and the University of Southampton, all leading the way for best practice for open data usage and delivery in their particular industry or field.

November

Ordnance Survey has joined forces with UK Cycling Events to create Ordnance Survey Spin Series – cycling sportives across the country from early 2015.

In the three months since its launch this summer, OS Places, a secure, scalable and resilient address lookup web service from Ordnance Survey, has already become an important tool to a growing number of public and private sector clients.

Today Ordnance Survey and Jisc – the charity that offers digital services and solutions to UK education and research – are set to release Digimap for Colleges. The secure, free and easy to use online mapping service supports further education (FE) institutions and staff, and aids students in their studies.

December

Ever wondered what your cat does when you’re away? Having provided accurate mapping to BBC’s Cat Watch 2014, Ordnance Survey is now stocking G-Paws Track.

Ordnance Survey has made it a Christmas to remember for 7 year-old India Gandy of High Wycombe, and her family, after her map of Santa’s home town won a trip for them to meet Santa in Lapland.

Ordnance Survey is pleased to announce the appointment to the Board of Anne Jessopp and Stephen Lake as Non-Executive Directors.

Historic photo site Timepix launched six weeks ago with over 21,000 images, many captured by OS surveyors between the 1940s and 1960s. Timepix now boast 26,000 photos and has been visited by thousands of people across the world, getting a unique view of Britain and insight into the past of OS. Today marks the 82nd... Read More The post Latest Timepix photos show OS trig pillars appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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Inspired by a previous blog post that re-imagined Winchester as the nation’s capital through mapping, guest blogger John Murray applied this technique to Chester. There has been much speculation amongst historians and archaeologists on whether Roman Chester (Deva) was intended to be the capital of Britannia. This was the subject of a BBC Two Timewatch programme... Read More The post Was Chester the intended capital of Roman Britain? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

Following the Easter indulgence, we’re releasing a new feature for OS Maps – the 3D fly-through. Perfect for planning GetOutside adventures with your friends and family or for justifying your chocolate consumption (just us?), you can visualise your whole route before you start your trip. Getting a sense of a route is invaluable, but it... Read More The post OS Maps has a new 3D fly-through feature appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

For April Fool’s Day we challenged one of our most senior and experienced cartographers to create a mythical island for Country Walking magazine. The premise was that this island had been lost to the sea centuries ago, only for it to have now mysteriously risen out of the waves in need of mapping.    Mark... Read More The post Mapping a new island for April Fool’s Day appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

The beast from the east dominated headlines this month, with snow causing traffic issues, school closures and disruption across the country. In Cumbria, the depth of the snow and challenging terrain resulted in significant issues accessing some communities. Cumbria’s multi-agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG), made up of partner agencies, secured military assistance to help access... Read More The post The power of geospatial data in resilience planning and emergency response appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

The Lakes Ignite programme for 2018 features an OS-inspired work of art called Ordnance Pavilion, paying homage to the trig pillar and the work of OS surveyors in mapping Great Britain. It’s flattering to be an artist’s muse, but we wonder if it’s not the first time OS has inspired an artwork… Ordnance Pavilion Created... Read More The post Making Ordnance Survey into a work of art appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

By Andrew Cooling and Steve Kingston, OS The Office for National Statistics (ONS), have begun the delivery of a Great Britain-wide natural capital accounting project, gathering insights on urban green spaces and their effect on our social and economic well-being. We’ve been working with ONS on the project, along with Defra, with our GI Consultant... Read More The post Analysing urban green spaces with ONS appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

Calling all OS OpenData users! Have you struggled to get to grips with GML? Have Shapefiles left you feeling positively un-shapely? Do you dream of a Dump file? Maybe you get giddy over a GeoPackage? Then you may want to take part in our OS OpenData trial that’s being announced at FOSS4G in London today… Since the launch... Read More The post Help us shape future OS OpenData formats – take part in our trial appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

What is an annotation? Annotation: “a note by way of explanation or comment added to a text or diagram.” Synonyms: notation, comment, footnote; commentary, explanation. Sometimes referred to as data labels or captions, annotations are often added to charts to add an extra layer of useful information for the reader. Think of it like using... Read More The post Annotations: adding narrative to your maps appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

The Timepix historic photo site launches today and makes a unique set of photos from OS’ history available online for the first time. Over 21,000 photos catalogue the Manchester streets between the 1940s and 1960s, giving a unique insight into the city’s past captured by OS surveyors. From children and animals photobombing the surveyors, to... Read More The post See historic photos from Ordnance Survey on Timepix appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

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