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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.

Guest blog by surveyor Bill Cranna As surveyors, we’re used to working in all aspects of the landscape, but a request from Registers of Scotland (RoS) was a little more unusual. Last winter saw enormous flooding along the River Dee, at Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire. The floods resulted in devastation along the length of the river... Read More The post Surveying the effect of flooding appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 hours ago

It’s December, so we feel safe mentioning the ‘C’ word and sharing our 5 favourite Christmas gifts for the map lover in your life. Grab some inspiration here: 1. The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain Relax this Christmas and take an immersive colouring trip across the country, from coasts and forests... Read More The post Top 5 mappy Christmas gifts appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

Cabin crew doors to manual and seat belts signs switched off…the 2016 flying season is complete. Jean Martin and her team explain why the season has come to an end and what they’re planning next. It’s been another busy year for the OS Flying Unit, working from our East Midlands Airport base and taking to the skies... Read More The post The Flying Unit has landed… appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 5 days ago

Did you watch ITV’s Countrywise on Friday night? If you tuned in, you’ll have seen Ben Fogle being an honorary surveyor as it became Scafell Pike’s turn for a re-measure.  It marked the finale of the re-measurement of Scotland, Wales and England’s famous three mountain highs – Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike. Why are... Read More The post Surveying England’s highest peak appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

G&J Surveys, the team that has made a hobby of measuring the heights of hills and mountains, is ten years old.  And the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH) celebrates its 15th birthday this year.  John Barnard from G&J Surveys tells us why the two are linked and how they’ve been celebrating. DoBIH was... Read More The post Birthday celebrations with two new Nuttalls appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Steve Jones, Production Manager Wales Over the last few years, the RNLI have been replacing their current lifeboats with the new larger Tamar class. In some cases, this has meant new lifeboat stations being built to accommodate the new craft. And, in turn, this has affected us at OS, as our surveyors... Read More The post Mapping the new St Davids Lifeboat Station appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

The second in our new series of blogs from the teams behind our apps, maps and services, sharing their experiences in software engineering, cartographic design, user experience and more. Chris Hall, based at our London Geovation Hub, shares his experience on updating OS Maps’ route ratings.  Whilst I was using our OS Maps app to find a... Read More The post Adding value and removing friction in our flagship mobile app, OS Maps appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

We recently hosted a British Cartographic Society (BCS) event at our head office, ‘Better Mapping with QGIS’. It was a one day event that introduced the fundamentals of cartographic design and culminated in a hands-on QGIS workshop. We were thrilled to have a packed lecture theatre and the day kicked off with Alex Kent, President... Read More The post Better Mapping with QGIS appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Our surveying team are working across Britain on a daily basis, capturing all of the changes to our country. From new roads and housing estates to hospitals and shopping centres, the team map it all out. Our surveyor Keith Lanham was asked to survey a more unusual site recently, with particular significance on Remembrance Day.... Read More The post Surveying a badge to honour appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

The first in a new series of blogs from the teams behind many of our apps, maps and services, sharing their experiences in software engineering, cartographic design, user experience and more. We start with a tale of collaboration, a rapid feedback process and pies!  It’s never good to be faced with a new problem deep into... Read More The post App development: Pie chart cluster markers appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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