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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.

Today is the 83rd anniversary of the first use of an Ordnance Survey trig pillar, so the perfect time to catch up with Britain’s top trig-bagger, Rob Woodall, on his latest achievement.  I bagged my final Welsh trig pillar in 2008 – sort of. At that time, I counted 660 trig pillars still surviving in... Read More The post Welsh and English trig pillars completion appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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Four of our OS OpenData products are now available in GeoPackage format – an open standard from the Open Geospatial Consortium. Following positive feedback on the GeoPackage format trial, where many of you asked us for a greater choice of formats, we made a commitment to make our data more accessible, interoperable and quicker to... Read More The post OS OpenData products now available in GeoPackage format appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Continuing our series to introduce you to the hard-working individuals within OS and showcase the wide variety of work we do, meet Mark Greaves. Mark has been with us for over 30 years and is definitely a fountain of knowledge here at OS! Here, he gives tells us more about how he keeps OS Net running… How... Read More The post Meet the team: Mark Greaves appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

If you haven’t heard of Virgin Pulse’s Global Challenge, it is a 100-day challenge to encourage employees to transform their health, wellbeing and engagement levels. With more than 3,000 participants around the world, the Global Challenge is one of the biggest and most highly-anticipated events on the workplace wellbeing calendar. According to their 2018 stats,... Read More The post OS employees take on the Global Challenge appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

By Katerina Harrington, Public Sector Relationship Manager  The expanding population of Great Britain brings certain challenges for local authorities. Large cities have become accustomed to rapid growth and increasingly dense living situations, but across the country, other councils are facing pressure to adapt to a rising populace.   Residential property development has plateaued since the 1970s... Read More The post Land: the greatest asset is under our feet appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

It’s 70 years since the 1949 Act of Parliament that began the family of National Parks in Great Britain, and our GeoDataViz team have created a stunning poster to showcase the varied landscapes of our 15 beautiful National Parks. Covering a combined area of 23,138 km2 (that’s around 10% of Great Britain and an area... Read More The post New poster to celebrate 70 years of Britain’s National Parks appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

If you’re an avid reader of our blog or have some surveying knowledge, you may well have heard of a theodolite before. A key instrument in the mapping of Britain (and pretty much everywhere else!), a theodolite is a simple concept built into a precision instrument – a telescope with graduated horizontal and vertical circles... Read More The post An OS history of the theodolite appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Along with 17 other Government bodies, six years ago the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP) was created. This year, we’re delighted to be hosting the annual NHP conference on 26 and 27 March at our HQ in Southampton. Free to attend and aimed at professionals working in the natural hazards and resilience arena including government, responders... Read More The post NHP partnership conference appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

As expert map readers will know, when you’re out and about navigating with a compass, there is a difference between magnetic north (where the compass points) and grid north (the vertical blue grid lines shown on OS maps). And if you’re exploring in the west of Great Britain, there is a change to be aware... Read More The post Magnetic north continues its march to the east appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

By Andrew Cooling, Strategic Development Manager (Government Relationships Team) There’s a growing body of research showing a connection between greenspaces and human health and wellbeing. So much so, areas of green – including parks, public gardens and open spaces – are now a key consideration in the design and structure of towns, cities and communities.... Read More The post Quantifying Britain’s greenspaces with data and standards appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

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