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Ordnance Survey (OS) has signed a deal with the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Defence to help the National Survey Authority (NSA) advance its position as Oman’s national mapping authority.

Outdoors enthusiasts can build impressive collections of Ordnance Survey maps, but it often means they’re not using the most up-to-date maps to get outside and explore Britain. Up until 20 March, OS is offering avid explorers the chance to return their old maps and receive money off new map purchases in return.


Ordnance Survey has begun an exciting new project that sees 15 people take on the challenge of making us a more outdoorsy and adventurous nation.

If Smart Cities are to work for their citizens and communities, the private sector needs to make more of its data freely available, concludes a report by BSI (British Standards Institution) and Ordnance Survey (OS).

607 paper maps, the most detailed digital data picture of Great Britain, and now one red planet using NASA open data; Ordnance Survey has created a one-off paper and digital map of the Martian landscape.

New consortium led by Ordnance Survey secures Government funding to position the UK as a leader in connected and autonomous vehicles.

The Digimap for Schools service has reached a new milestone with 1,000 secondary schools now signed up.


Ordnance Survey is to create a Smart City standards-based technologies business framework for the European Union’s ESPRESSO project.

Accessing digital maps has never been easier thanks to the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) – a centrally funded licensing agreement between Government and Ordnance Survey.

The latest calculations from Great Britain’s mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, reveal that Ben Nevis is taller than originally thought. Britain’s highest point will now officially appear on all new OS digital and paper maps as 1,345m and not 1,344m.

Last December OS, with support from Southern Water, United Utilities, the Environment Agency and The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), launched its latest Geovation Challenge, asking developers and start-ups for sustainable ideas that improve how Britain manages its water use.


OS is to supply mapping, geographic data and insights to UK Power Networks and Northumbrian Water in a contract worth £4 million.

Ordnance Survey, EDINA and outdoor adventurer Steve Backshall have teamed up to launch an exciting wildlife and mapping competition for primary school children.

Today (25 April 2016) staff from Ordnance Survey, plus two little helpers, visited Princess Anne Hospital to present Holding Little Hands with a £25,885.85 donation, after 12 months of fundraising activities.


Each year everyone at Ordnance Survey (OS) has the chance to nominate, and then vote for, a corporate charity which the organisation will support for the next 12 months.

Ordnance Survey produce the most detailed mapping app to be your complete guide to the outdoors.

The most accurate and up-to-date geographic data now available for the first time in new application suitable for BIM projects.

Peter has over 15 years’ experience in developing and delivering international business strategies to support business objectives of both start-ups and global corporations.

Martian astronauts of the future now have help touching down thanks to Bolton Marketing Manager, Paul Marsh, who has won a competition to have his Mars landing symbol design on all future Mars maps Ordnance Survey (OS) make.

Ordnance Survey has teamed up with Crimson Publishing’s popular Pathfinder walking books to re-launch the range as OS Pathfinder Guides this spring.

Kieran Murphy has been appointed as the new Non-Executive Chair of Ordnance Survey (OS) by the Business Secretary Sajid Javid.

Galileo's Public Regulated Service has been delivered via the 'cloud', paving the way for its automated use by the security and emergency services.


Adventurers and fundraisers planning to complete the Three Peaks Challenge can now travel lighter thanks to the new OS Three Peaks map.

OS returns to map making origins to celebrate 225 years of adding value through data.

A new digital map of every publicly accessible greenspace in Scotland will be released in March 2017.


The Lake District tops a league table of the nation’s favourite outdoor routes in Great Britain. The new league tables are compiled from 10 years of routing data from Ordnance Survey’s digital outdoor products.

Ordnance Survey (OS) and CompeGPS are pleased to announce a new partnership to release a range of outdoor activity GPS units.

Geovation, an Ordnance Survey (OS) initiative supporting corporations, SMEs, start-ups and individuals using geospatial technology and data to create innovative new products and services, invites applications for the next batch of Geovation Programme members.


Ordnance Survey’s (OS) iconic road map series OS Road returns this September after a seven-year hiatus.

OS is to help deliver the London Counter Fraud Hub, a project that could save London tax payers £60 million over nine years.


Ordnance Survey has teamed up with publishers Laurence King to release a new book, The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain.

Whether it is developing GeoTech solutions, the creation of next-generation 3D mapping, determining OS OpenData strategy, the management of web technologies and APIs, or gaining insight into the new innovative ways others are using OS data, graduates are actively helping shape the future of Ordnance Survey (OS) at home and abroad.

Geovation works with utilities to reveal the business opportunities beneath our feet.

The latest agricultural machinery from CNH Industrial’s Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands incorporates OS’s OS Net signal technology, based on a national network of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) reference stations.

This week (17-23 October) marks National Map Reading Week – giving people the perfect excuse to get outside and top up on their map reading skills.

Do you have what it takes to become a #GetOutside champion? Along with our ambassadors, endurance adventurer Sean Conway and Everest climber Bonita Norris, can you inspire others to get outside and get active? We recruited a fantastic bunch of champions for 2016 and they’ve been busy inspiring more of us to explore Britain (and beyond)... Read More The post Apply now to become a #GetOutside champion in 2017 appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

Our graduate recruitment scheme for 2017 launched this month and we’re looking for graduates who want to change the world. Our Consultant Data Scientists will have the chance to get stuck into what we do, right away. We think that’s more important than sitting in training courses. You’ll get exposure to all parts of the business,... Read More The post What if…you could be our next data scientist? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 5 days ago

Over the last few months, Geovation has worked with the utility industry to identify their biggest challenges in managing our underground assets. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an innovator or a developer we’re now inviting you to come up with solutions to tackle these real-world problems using location data.   As a result of consultations with senior... Read More The post Going underground with the Geovation Challenge 2016 appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

We launched The Great British Colouring Map with our publishers Laurence King last week and have been thrilled with all of the lovely things you’ve been saying about it. As well as being beautiful to look at (we would say that), the #GBColouringMap can actually have health benefits, as colouring has strong links to mindfulness.... Read More The post Promoting mindfulness with the #GBColouringMap appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

If you haven’t used or heard of it before, AddressBase is a family of three addressing products we’ve offered since 2011. These products provide the most comprehensive and definitive source of spatial addressing information for England, Scotland and Wales, amounting to over 41 million records. The products are made up of numerous authoritative sources, all... Read More The post Going beyond Great Britain with AddressBase Islands… appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Last month we had a story about hills growing into mountains and now we blog about the opposite situation…Recent press stories about what *might* happen if rising sea levels lead to a change in the datum value used for mean sea level on OS maps, has seen some people thinking that the heights of hills and mountains... Read More The post Are Britain’s mountains shrinking? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Whether it’s developing GeoTech solutions, creating next-generation 3D mapping, determining future OS OpenData strategy or the management of web technologies and APIs, graduates are actively shaping the future of OS. Since 2012, 16 graduates have joined OS and we’re now recruiting for 6 new graduates to join us in 2017. Our CEO, Nigel Clifford, says:... Read More The post OS graduate scheme 2017 open for applications appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

We blogged about mapping out the route for Benali’s Big Race a couple of weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to spend a day with Franny Benali on his challenge. Find out more… Former Southampton FC legend Francis Benali is now over half-way through his amazing challenge to visit all 44 Premier League and... Read More The post Over half-way – Benali’s Big Race appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

You may have heard that we teamed up with publishers Laurence King to release a new book, The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain. And it’s out today! One year on from our release of a series of downloadable colouring-in maps created using OS OpenData, comes a full book of OS maps to colour.... Read More The post Win a copy of The Great British Colouring Map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

We recently collaborated with YHA to create a stunning new display for their Youth Hostel in Castleton. The display offers visitors a variety of routes to help them #GetOutside and explore the stunning countryside that surrounds the hostel. At the centre of the display is a large 3D contour map of the area which contains... Read More The post YHA Castleton map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

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