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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.

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

Blog | 5 days ago

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

Blog | 2 weeks ago

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

Blog | 2 weeks ago

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

Blog | 3 weeks ago

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

Blog | 3 weeks ago

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

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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