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January

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.

February

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.

March

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.

April

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.

May

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.

June

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.

July

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.

September

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.

On Sunday 2 October, Southampton FC legend Francis Benali starts his challenge to run and cycle to every English League Premier and Championship club. Franny is building on his 2014 challenge, where he visited the 20 Premier League football grounds, by running 50 miles a day for three weeks and raising over £265,000 for Cancer... Read More The post Mapping Benali’s Big Race appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 day ago

We are excited to announce that our 10th Geovation Challenge will focus on our underground assets.  The Challenge ‘How can we better manage underground assets in Britain?’ recognises successful innovation depends on developing innovative solutions to real problems.  The challenge opens for entries on 19 October, 2016 with the focus on using geographical data and design... Read More The post Join the Geovation Challenge launch on 12 October appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

Hands up if you’d like a chance to top up your navigation skills! For the first time we’re holding a National Map Reading Week to help you stay safe when you #GetOutside. From 17-23 October, we’ll be hosting free map reading workshops and will have some fantastic resources, from videos to handy guides, readily available... Read More The post National Map Reading Week coming in October appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

After months of planning the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC) joint conference finally took place this month. Through my new role as program chair to the BCS it’s my role to organise and deliver the conference. No pressure then. Paul Naylor, Carto Design team. Called Mapping on the Edge, the event... Read More The post Mapping on the Edge appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

By Rollo Home, Strategic Product Manager For 225 years we’ve worked with governments, private industry, and individuals alike, since the data we produce touches and connects the lives of everyone in the country. We know the location of every road, water network, mast, residential and commercial address and the type of terrain, plus much more.... Read More The post Where does blockchain sit in the geospatial world? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

We blogged recently about a new app from former Geovation winners Run An Empire. Find out more about them in their guest blog by Sam Hill. It was back in 2014 when I first walked into the shiny atrium of the Ordnance Survey head office. My team and I had caught several trains from East London... Read More The post Bringing Run An Empire to life appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Seeing as an improvement in our model that transforms height from GPS to one above mean sea level has caused a hill to “grow” into a mountain – we thought it would be a good idea to explain how positions and heights surveyed by our surveyors with GPS make it onto our maps. All positioning... Read More The post OSTN15 – the new geoid for Britain appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Myrddyn Phillips, Hill Data & Mountain Surveys  Calf Top (SD 664 856) is a rather unassuming hill which is approximately 6km south of Sedbergh in the Yorkshire Dales.  It rises above the deep cleft of Barbondale to its east and Dentdale to its north, and although not the highest hill in the... Read More The post Calf Top – England’s last mountain appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

If you were watching BBC Breakfast yesterday morning, you may have seen a feature about OS mapping Britain from the skies and interpreting that data into 3D maps to create a digital twin of our real-life landscape. Snowdonia as a 3D map Neither aerial surveying nor 3D are new to OS. We’ve been surveying from... Read More The post Mapping Britain in 3D appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

If you were watching BBC Breakfast this morning, you may have seen their reporter, Graham Satchell, heading out with our Flying Unit and finding out how we survey Britain from the skies. We’ve actually been using aerial photography to carry out our surveys for almost 100 years. Originally, this had the advantage of capturing information... Read More The post Surveying Britain from the skies appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

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