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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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 week 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Egbe Manners, GI Consultant One of my colleagues loves online shopping, so, when she moved to a new flat and her favourite home delivery services couldn’t find her address, she was frustrated. Increasingly having a successful delivery to her flat is becoming a differentiator to which online retailer she chooses. Is she... Read More The post Why retailers need quality addressing data appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

While the world enjoyed the action at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, we were just as interested in what was happening away from the ice and snow. Namely the first large-scale 5G pilot service. For critics it served as a marketing ploy for KT Group, South Korea’s largest telecom, who promoted the event as the first... Read More The post OS reports recommend the creation of a Digital Twin for a successful rollout of 5G appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Critique is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as a detailed analysis and assessment of something and in 2010 Judith Tyner released the book Principles of Map Design and included the diagram on the right, defining the map making process. Map critique plays an important role in the design process and this is for a number... Read More The post 8 tips for map critique appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

A short while ago, my wife received two seemingly identical catalogues in the post from a well-known online fashion retailer. Both were addressed to our home, but the catalogues differed in two respects. Firstly, one was labelled using her maiden name, whilst the other used her married surname. The second difference was more interesting. The... Read More The post Why you need an address master data management strategy appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

By Katerina Harrington, Relationship Manager, OSGB With an increased focus on house building across the country, how can we monitor the changes to the landscape of Great Britain? Government has pledged to enable the building of 300,000 new homes a year, to counteract the short fall of homes in this country. But they’ve also promised... Read More The post Land change – who’s monitoring it and why is it important? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

If you’re working in the geo industry, you may have heard about Nautoguide and their product Geovey. The former Geovation Challenge winners have expanded from mapping the Battle of Jutland to working with local government and even supplying a feedback service for our OS Open Greenspace product. Dave Barter from Nautoguide tells their story. We’ve... Read More The post How Geovey built on their Geovation Challenge success appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

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