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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.

We often share the photos taken by our Flying Unit in between their surveying tasks. And you’ll have seen the aerial imagery they take when surveying from the skies. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to do your daily work in the back of a Cessna 404? Roger Nock, one of our Flying Unit,... Read More The post Behind the scenes in the Flying Unit appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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March 24 sees the UK film release of Lost City of Z. It chronicles the South American adventures of British explorer, cartographer and archaeologist Lt Colonel Percy Fawcett. I joined a panel discussion in London last week, along with historian Dan Snow and Lost City of Z author David Grann, discussing how Percy would have... Read More The post How to map a new country? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

When we decided to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the trig pillar last year, we had no idea how strongly so many of you felt about the (mostly) concrete pillars dotted around Britain. We’ve had over 1,200 Instagram posts, uncovered dozens of trig baggers, seen Rob Woodall complete his 13-year mission to bag all 6,190... Read More The post 7 fantastic things about #TrigPillar80 appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Guest blog by Geo Business Join over 3,000 visitors from more than 50 countries at the highly anticipated and action-packed GEO Business event, due to take place at the Business Design Centre in London from 23-25 May. Not only are the exhibition, associated meetings and commercial workshops free to attend, but the conference delegate fee... Read More The post Keep one step ahead at GEO Business 2017 – the fastest growing geospatial event in the industry appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Andy Ryan, Senior Technical Product Manager When I go somewhere new, I usually look up a map (OS of course) before I go. I’m not quite sure why I do, but it’s a habit of mine which my children tease me about. In the world of business, when location is involved then... Read More The post What lies below? Can you help create international standards? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Following a number of queries about our Boundary-Line OS OpenData product, please read our statement. Boundary-Line is an OS OpenData product which we release under the terms of the Open Government Licence. Our production cycle for Boundary-Line sees us release updates in May and October each year. The primary purpose of Boundary-Line is to show the... Read More The post Boundary-Line statement appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

It’s not every day that we add a whale to our maps, but surveyor Shaun McGrath did recently… I first became aware of the Colonsay Whale some time after a visit to the Isle of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides last year, on a particularly fine day trip to carry out some survey work. It’s... Read More The post Surveying the Colonsay Whale appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

A fantastic way to inspire a love of cartography at an early age, have you heard of the  Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2017? Barbara was a leading cartographer whose work related to children. In her memory, the International Cartographic Association holds a biennial competition. 2015 overall winner: The world in our hands by Pan Sin... Read More The post Enter the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2017 appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Our surveyors are usually local to the areas they survey and this was the case for Andy Caulfield when he was mapping the new Tadcaster Bridge. The bridge partially collapsed in the aftermath of the Boxing Day storms in 2015, impacting local residents and businesses for the next 14 months while repairs were carried out.... Read More The post Putting Tadcaster Bridge (back) on the map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

One of the joys of working for OS is that you get asked to give authoritative answers to all sorts of geographic questions. ‘Classic’ questions such as how long is the coastline of Great Britain? often crop up. Which, if you read our recent blog on which English county has the longest coastline, you’ll know isn’t as easy to answer... Read More The post Everything seems simple until you think about it appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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