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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.

March 24 sees the UK film release of Lost City of Z. It chronicles the South American adventures of British explorer, cartographer and archaeologist Lt Colonel Percy Fawcett. I joined a panel discussion in London last week, along with historian Dan Snow and Lost City of Z author David Grann, discussing how Percy would have... Read More The post How to map a new country? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 days ago

When we decided to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the trig pillar last year, we had no idea how strongly so many of you felt about the (mostly) concrete pillars dotted around Britain. We’ve had over 1,200 Instagram posts, uncovered dozens of trig baggers, seen Rob Woodall complete his 13-year mission to bag all 6,190... Read More The post 7 fantastic things about #TrigPillar80 appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Guest blog by Geo Business Join over 3,000 visitors from more than 50 countries at the highly anticipated and action-packed GEO Business event, due to take place at the Business Design Centre in London from 23-25 May. Not only are the exhibition, associated meetings and commercial workshops free to attend, but the conference delegate fee... Read More The post Keep one step ahead at GEO Business 2017 – the fastest growing geospatial event in the industry appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Guest blog by Andy Ryan, Senior Technical Product Manager When I go somewhere new, I usually look up a map (OS of course) before I go. I’m not quite sure why I do, but it’s a habit of mine which my children tease me about. In the world of business, when location is involved then... Read More The post What lies below? Can you help create international standards? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Following a number of queries about our Boundary-Line OS OpenData product, please read our statement. Boundary-Line is an OS OpenData product which we release under the terms of the Open Government Licence. Our production cycle for Boundary-Line sees us release updates in May and October each year. The primary purpose of Boundary-Line is to show the... Read More The post Boundary-Line statement appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

It’s not every day that we add a whale to our maps, but surveyor Shaun McGrath did recently… I first became aware of the Colonsay Whale some time after a visit to the Isle of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides last year, on a particularly fine day trip to carry out some survey work. It’s... Read More The post Surveying the Colonsay Whale appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

A fantastic way to inspire a love of cartography at an early age, have you heard of the  Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2017? Barbara was a leading cartographer whose work related to children. In her memory, the International Cartographic Association holds a biennial competition. 2015 overall winner: The world in our hands by Pan Sin... Read More The post Enter the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2017 appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Our surveyors are usually local to the areas they survey and this was the case for Andy Caulfield when he was mapping the new Tadcaster Bridge. The bridge partially collapsed in the aftermath of the Boxing Day storms in 2015, impacting local residents and businesses for the next 14 months while repairs were carried out.... Read More The post Putting Tadcaster Bridge (back) on the map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

One of the joys of working for OS is that you get asked to give authoritative answers to all sorts of geographic questions. ‘Classic’ questions such as how long is the coastline of Great Britain? often crop up. Which, if you read our recent blog on which English county has the longest coastline, you’ll know isn’t as easy to answer... Read More The post Everything seems simple until you think about it appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Over the last few months we’ve been sharing unusual surveying stories with you – from mapping chalk figures to lifeboat stations to the aftermath of a flood. All of these tasks form a part of the 10,000 changes a day taking place in our geospatial database of Great Britain. The variety of jobs faced by our 250+... Read More The post A day in the life of an OS surveyor appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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