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January

Ordnance Survey is pleased to announce that the popular OS MapFinder app is now available on the Kindle Fire HDX.

Proposals for converting Ordnance Survey from a Trading Fund into a government-owned company have today moved a step closer.

Ordnance Survey is teaming up with the Satellite Applications Catapult on the GEMNet project to understand the nature and extent of GNSS interference.

February

Ordnance Survey has launched a brand new photography competition for 2015 and is looking for the very best photographs of Great Britain to feature on the covers of its iconic paper maps.

Ordnance Survey paper map sales increase for the first time this decade, bucking the wider trend in the publishing industry.

OS, GeoPlace and the Improvement Service are enabling AddressBase internal business use customers to release UPRNs on a royalty free and open basis.

To coincide with International Open Data Day, when countries across the globe will show their support for open data policies, Ordnance Survey (OS) announce plans to launch a world-leading digital map as open data and the creation of an engagement hub in London.

Department for Transport project with Ordnance Survey (OS) will deliver the next generation road mapping for England and Wales.

Ordnance Survey is opening a London-based Geospatial Innovation Hub to attract new players, new visions, new thinking and new markets.

March

Business Minister Matthew Hancock has today announced the appointment of Nigel Clifford as the new Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey (OS).

The largest ever model of Central London, commissioned by New London Architecture and sponsored by OS, is to be unveiled for the first time on the London Stand at MIPIM.

Ordnance Survey and Land Registry announce GeoVation Challenge winners and funding.

Free to use location, roads, rivers and map products from OS. OS continues its investment in digital innovation as a means of stimulating the economy with today’s release of four new exciting open data products.

Millions of people come into contact with and benefit from OS’s OpenData on a daily basis. OS’s new open data products receive 10,000 downloads in the first 24hrs.

April

Following the announcement in January, Ordnance Survey has today completed its transition from a Trading Fund to a government-owned company (GovCo).

Today (28 April 2015) staff at Ordnance Survey presented Southampton Women’s Aid with a £11,548.78 donation, after 12 months of fundraising activities.

May

Over the next 12 months OS is to replace all 607 of its current paper map titles with a new design and an additional mobile download.

Ordnance Survey (OS) is pleased to announce that it has raised its Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) membership level to become the first Strategic Member outside of the USA.

A new three party agreement between Ordnance Survey (GB), Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and Land and Property Services (LPS) Northern Ireland is set to improve access and availability of mapping services for customers and government users operating across the UK and Ireland.

June

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi has formed a partnership with Ordnance Survey International to create a new GIS Roadmap.

Adventurer Steve Backshall invites junior photographers to enter OS Photofit and see their best photo of Great Britain featured on an OS paper map cover.

July

OS and Craghoppers are pleased to announce a new partnership to release a range of outdoor clothing.

Following new research showing walking is on the decline in Britain, Ordnance Survey is launching a campaign to urge people off the sofa, to ditch the car and to enjoy the Great British outdoors.

£20,000 worth of funding, expert technical help and transformational business advice for innovative and outstanding start-up ideas that recognise the value of location.

Ordnance Survey has produced a new off-road sat-nav style router in its OS Maps application that covers Britain’s 15 National Parks.

August

As part of a project with DCLG, OS has created datasets of current ceremonial and historic county boundaries. Download them through the OS OpenData portal.

The last and stunning architectural element to Ordnance Survey's world class head office, opened in 2010, is being created right now and it’s a unique statement in the world of art and design for Great Britain’s map-makers.

September

Ordnance Survey is looking for inspirational, motivating, passionate and enthusiastic adventurers to become champions for its #GetOutside campaign.

Sept 16 sees the latest phase in Ordnance Survey’s rejuvenation of its paper maps with the release of its Explorer range - each coming with an exclusive mobile download and a cover image taken by the public.

OS has teamed up with adventurer and TV presenter Steve Backshall to choose eight winning photographs, which will grace the covers of the OS Tour map series from early 2016.

OS is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Senior Executive Management team. Clive Mosey joins OS as Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and Will Davies joins the mapping agency as HR Director (HRD).

According to OS Champion Bonita Norris, winter is the best time of year to exercise and Get Outside. Having become the youngest woman from the UK to climb Everest, at just 22, the English adventurer knows a thing or two about working out in cold conditions.

October

Ordnance Survey (OS) intelligent road and street data has been called into action for a world first challenge being undertaken by Hyundai.

Ordnance Survey's graduate recruitment scheme for 2016 has launched, offering graduates the opportunity to lead the way on developing innovative and inspirational solutions for digital data.

Ordnance Survey has partnered with The University of Surrey in the opening of a state-of-the-art 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) to secure the UK’s role in leading the development of the next generation communications technology.

Digimap for Schools now has a second historic map layer added to its popular online service, giving teachers and pupils direct access to Ordnance Survey mapping from three centuries.

OS follows up its Minecraft map success to make a virtual Ben Nevis for Oculus and cardboard.

November

The latest UK passport design was released yesterday and we’re extremely pleased to see a range of mapping from OS OpenData across the pages.

Ordnance Survey and Hexagon Geospatial are pleased to announce a new agreement, with a shared focus on enabling Hexagon Smart M.Apps to support key initiatives such as Smart Cities.

Technology and geospatial experts have come together to contribute to a new report which gives insight into the issues, which they believe will have a significant impact on our economy, environment and society over the next five years.

Ordnance Survey adventurers will be at Cotswolds Outdoors across the country giving free map reading lessons.

December

Ordnance Survey’s ninth Geovation® Challenge launched on 1 December, and sees Britain’s mapping agency offering development funding and places on its Geovation programme for ideas that can improve our relationship with water.

OS is part of a consortium celebrating winning a £10m competition for Manchester to be the UK’s Internet of Things Demonstrator, awarded by DCMS.

An Ordnance Survey software pilot has helped save lives, so say the Community First Responders (CFRs ) who used it.

A new report setting out the five to ten year vision of the rapidly growing geospatial information industry has been published by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).

Ordnance Survey (OS) and Dennis Maps have signed an agreement for Britain’s mapping agency to acquire a 25% shareholding in the printing business.

Following our OS OpenData formats trial, we’re continuing to work to improve access to our opendata offerings. Our team have developed OS Open Zoomstack which makes elements of our opendata available as one map in one file to be used for GIS, web, mobile or offline use. You can try out OS Open Zoomstack over... Read More The post Join our OS Open Zoomstack trial appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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A few weeks ago, we announced news that our Geovation team were embarking on a national series of hands-on introductory workshops about visualising with geographic data. With sessions having already been held in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester, next week’s session in Bristol has sold out! Today, we can share details of our fifth and final... Read More The post Final Geovation Masterclass workshop announced! appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

As we head in to day 10 of Wimbledon, it is hard to imagine tennis courts exist anywhere but London! To celebrate the sport as well as our OS Greenspace anniversary (see here for B2B), we thought we’d explore which counties house the most courts. As you may have guessed, Greater London has the highest... Read More The post Where on earth are Great Britain’s tennis courts? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 5 days ago

England’s football team has surpassed expectations this summer at the World Cup, but where are the green spaces in the country that helped produce these players? We have pulled the data for every playing field in the land and it throws up some interesting results. Analysis of our OS Open Greenspace Data reveal that, despite... Read More The post Green spaces of England – more playing fields in south but fewer World Cup stars appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

As England’s football team aim to avoid dead ends and cul-de-sacs at the Russia World Cup – we’ve revealed the most popular street names shared by the players. Residents across Great Britain live in 2,280 streets which share the same name as players’ surnames from England’s World Cup squad – with Danny Rose’s surname topping... Read More The post England World Cup squad surnames as street names appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

We are proud to say two of our team have been appointed as Deputy Heads of Geography for the GSE (Government Science and Engineering sector) following on from the first cross-Government Head of Geography, David Wood, being recruited in January. In these roles our Stakeholder Engagement Manager Clare Hadley and Rollo Home, Strategic Product Manager,... Read More The post OS employees appointed Deputy Heads of Geography in Government appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Great Britain is an island in its own right, but aside from the mainland, there are hundreds of islands around the British coast, many uninhabited*. Inspired by David Garcia’s data visualisation of the Philippines, our GeoDataViz team worked with Alasdair Rae at the University of Sheffield to explore Britain’s largest islands. They found that there... Read More The post Britain’s largest islands appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

They are some of the oldest photographs ever taken of the ancient Stonehenge landmark and the book in which they are bound dates back to 1867. It’s a chronicle which until now has been lost in the archives of the national mapping agency Ordnance Survey. Photographic research company TimePix.uk is publishing eight photographs on its... Read More The post 150-year-old Stonehenge photos unearthed on the Summer Solstice appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Today marks 227 years since Ordnance Survey was founded. On 21 June 1791, the Board of Ordnance purchased a new Ramsden theodolite, and this is seen as the foundation of our organisation. A lot has changed in those 227 years: we moved from London to Southampton; we went from mapping for the military to mapping for people,... Read More The post We’re 227 today appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

As part of the Prime Minister’s London Tech Week round-table event, earlier this week the Government announced that key parts of OS MasterMap will be made openly available for the public and businesses to use. The announcement is one of the first projects to be delivered by the Geospatial Commission in conjunction with us. We... Read More The post Ordnance Survey’s open data journey appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

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