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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.

October

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.

November

The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) and Ordnance Survey (OS) have announced details of a partnership that will see all elements of the Britain on Foot (BoF) campaign transfer to the OS #GetOutside platform.

This summer, Ordnance Survey invited developers, entrepreneurs and innovators to apply to its Geovation Programme for funding and resources.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has created the ultimate and authoritative road and transport management product, OS MasterMap® Highways Network, to support street works planning and to help professionals make informed decisions with asset management and route planning.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has been chosen by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to develop groundbreaking planning and mapping tool that will be instrumental for the national rollout of 5G technology.

Over 373, 919km of England’s farmland hedges have been accurately mapped to create a new digital dataset, OS Landscape Features Layer, which will be used by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

December

Bournemouth’s Christmas tree, lights and decorations feature in Ordnance Survey's ground breaking planning and mapping tool for the national rollout of 5G technology.

Did you know, we show over 220,000 kms of public rights of way on our maps? Approximately 170,000 kms of these are footpaths and 40,000 kms are bridleways. Over 4,600 kms are National Trails and 30,900 kms are recreational routes! One thing we’re often asked about is when someone has followed a public right of... Read More The post Your right to roam with public rights of way appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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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

Blog | 2 days ago

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 | 6 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 | 1 week 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 | 1 week 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

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