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January

Ordnance Survey International and Deimos Space UK are to work with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai to help the United Arab Emirates (UAE) improve how it plans and manages its natural resources and infrastructure.

Adventurer, author and broadcaster Ben Fogle, is Ordnance Survey’s newest Champion, and in accepting the role Ben is supporting OS in tackling the challenge of helping Britain become a more outdoorsy and adventurous nation.

March

Ordnance Survey (OS) is in Manchester collecting geospatial data to a similar level that it did across all the 2012 Olympic sites, which contributed to the successful planning and smooth delivery of a safe and enjoyable Games.

An exciting new relationship between Trimble and Ordnance Survey (OS) sees innovators at the Geovation Hub leverage Trimble’s latest technologies.

Staff from Ordnance Survey (OS) have downed their maps and replaced them with paint brushes and screwdrivers to refurbish a training room at Solent Mind’s Wellbeing Centre in Eastleigh.

Ordnance Survey’s (OS) Craft Club has produced The Great British Craftography Map, which is being auctioned to raise money for Solent Mind, OS’s corporate charity.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has signed an agreement with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), negotiated by its technology transfer arm, Ploughshare Innovations, to allow it to license various forms of cutting edge aerial mapping technology.

April

Fresh from being named the UK Outdoor Industry’s Digital Product of the Year, OS Maps has become even better with the inclusion of an immersive 3D view of Great Britain in HD.

During the first week of July, leaders of national mapping and cadastral authorities from across the globe will be in the UK to discuss some of the greatest challenges the world faces.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has teamed up with Wild Night Out to launch this year’s national wild adventure, which takes place on Saturday 1 July.

Four businesses join the Geovation Programme.

June

A new survey reveals that children are becoming less active outdoors and urges parents to help kids get outside with Wild Night Out.

Ordnance Survey will lead a sprint on greener communities at the NWG Innovation Festival. The sprint is one of a series of Geovation Challenge activities being run by Ordnance Survey as part of its commitment to innovation and will be looking to help start-ups, individuals, smaller businesses, corporations, public and third sector organisations develop ideas to be presented at the end of the week.

Ordnance Survey (OS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Caroline Bellamy, as its new Chief Data Officer. Caroline is a highly-experienced leader with 25 years’ Data and Insight experience, working in multiple sectors at senior levels. Caroline joins OS from Vodafone where she’d been working since 2008 in various leadership roles in the UK and Germany.

Ordnance Survey (OS) and Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) have today announced how they want to make the outside more enjoyable, accessible and safe for all, by encouraging the public to be more mindful and better prepared when heading outdoors. The partnership was made after MREW’s 2016 callout figures showed incidents to be up for the fourth year running, and a survey commissioned by OS also revealed 76% of British recreational walkers and hikers do not properly plan their route or what to pack in preparation of their walk/hike.

Ordnance Survey’s (OS) social initiative GetOutside, which aims to make the outdoors enjoyable, accessible and safe to all, has gained further momentum in recognition for the impact it is already having in Great Britain by partnering with the European It’s Great Out There (IGOT) Coalition. The partnership will see the GetOutside added to the IGOT platform, making it the focal point for all outdoor activities in the UK. This is part of a concerted effort by the outdoor industry across Europe to promote an active and healthier lifestyle.

July

A Government initiative to make it easier for people to locate and access greenspaces has launched today with the release of a new database and interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure greenspace in Great Britain.

Following detailed analysis of Ordnance Survey’s (OS) Custom Made map data it was revealed that the Scottish island of Foula is the only place in Great Britain the public has not yet featured on an OS Custom Made map.

Today Lord Prior announces a new strategic partnership between HM Land Registry (HMLR) and Ordnance Survey (OS) to help propel the UK towards becoming a global leader in the land and property market.

New Chief Enterprise Architect to advise on business alignment, enterprise architecture, information technology solutions, and the associated impact on the organisation and its stakeholders.

August

A new generation of location and property data start-ups are to receive funding, business support and the strategic backing of Ordnance Survey (OS) and HM Land Registry (HMLR).

Ordnance Survey’s (OS) analysis of almost 400,000 public routes created over the past twelve months in the digital map and planning tool OS Maps has revealed that the Peak District is currently the most popular destination to create routes for.

September

Ordnance Survey is pleased to be supporting a new project for accurately locating and mapping the Kingdom of Bahrain’s underground utilities, which is set to deliver benefits to the nation through better decision making and planning.

Ordnance Survey International (OSI) has been contracted to support project lead the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Government with its continued vision to be a Smart Technology world leader.

October

Ever wondered what the name of that hill is in the distance? Or how far away a town is from the spot you are standing in? Well, all you need is a mobile phone or tablet and Ordnance Survey’s new augmented reality feature will do the rest!

Adventurers, authors and broadcasters, Ben Fogle and Sean Conway, are encouraging people who are passionate and enthusiastic about the outdoors to join them as Ordnance Survey (OS) GetOutside Champions and help tackle the rising levels of inactivity in the UK.

A unique competition for the British public to turn their bright ideas into serious business propositions has been launched today by Geovation, Britain’s location and property data lab.

This week (16-22 October) marks National Map Reading Week – giving people the opportunity to get outside and brush up on their map reading skills.

Geovation has expanded its programme to support three new PropTech start-ups. This is the first time the programme will back PropTech disruptors and follows news that HMLR will begin to collaborate with OS to stimulate the innovative use of land and property technology and data through Geovation.

Ordnance Survey International has been appointed by the World Bank to help build up geospatial data expertise in Tanzania.

GeoTech masterclasses are a popular series of events organised by the team at our Geovation Hub in Clerkenwell Green, London. These workshops are not to be missed and book up quickly and it was on a chilly November evening that the Hub played host to the GeoDataViz (GDV) team. Kicking off the session was Charley Glynn... Read More The post GeoTech masterclass: GeoDataViz appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

For many years OS mapping has helped to define your land in law. What constitutes your land in law goes beyond your property and land ownership. It is more than just the actual earth beneath our feet within what we know to be the physical boundaries and buildings. Nowadays the registration of title to land... Read More The post Registers of Scotland: What, exactly, is your land? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

Wondering what to get the map-lover in your life this Christmas? Thinking that they have more than enough maps packing their shelves? How about books about maps, loving maps, walking the countryside and more? We’ve come up with five books that all mention Ordnance Survey and are, to some degree, about OS, maps and/or exploring... Read More The post 5 books for OS map fans appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

By Nigel Clifford, Ordnance Survey Chief Executive    It was great to see ‘geospatial’ highlighted in the Autumn Budget on Wednesday.     Geospatial data already supports a wide range of economic activity and there is a significant opportunity to generate growth through more effective, co-ordinated use of the vast range of geospatial data captured and managed on behalf of government. In light of this,... Read More The post Autumn Budget announcement on Geospatial Commission appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

The Year of Engineering launched at Allenby Primary School in Southall, Ealing last week and our surveyor and air camera operator Roger Nock was on hand to inspire the children. The Minister of State at the Department for Transport, John Hayes CBE MP was at the Primary Futures event along with volunteers from the world... Read More The post OS at the launch of the Year of Engineering with Primary Futures appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Guest blog by Niraj Saraf, Urban Innovation Lead, Innovate UK Innovate UK’s mission is to help the UK economy grow by inspiring and supporting pioneering UK businesses to create the industries of the future. We do this through funding risky innovation projects and through connecting innovators to opportunities and resources, and my role within the... Read More The post £185,000 available to develop, launch and scale greener, smarter Geovation ventures appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

We’ve been working with Glasgow City Council (GCC) since 2013, supporting their journey to become a world-leading smart city following funding through Innovate UK. Throughout, we’ve been demonstrating the power of location data in the technologies and decision-making needed to create a smart city. Our data, provided through the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) has... Read More The post Locating Glasgow as a world-leading smart city appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Whether it’s people buying the essential maps and outdoor equipment to help them enjoy the great outdoors, or searching for the perfect gift, our online store is attracting shoppers from around the world. The shop, which opened in 1999, has sold items to people in 40 countries, including Panama, Madagascar, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Guatemala.... Read More The post From Argentina to New Zealand – it’s not just Brits who are buying from the OS shop appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Ordnance Survey International (OSI) is working with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and the World Bank to build the geospatial capacity of Tanzania. You can find out more about it in our recent news release. We recently held two high-level geospatial policy seminars to explore the benefits... Read More The post Sharing geospatial expertise in Tanzania appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Following on from the recent ‘Sue x’ field carving mystery, we spotted letters almost as long as the Anfield pitch spelling ‘LFC’ spotted on Shropshire hillside – but who has done it?  Our Flying Unit captures aerial imagery of over 50,000 square kilometres of the country each season. From the Isles of Scilly to Shetland, the team... Read More The post Is this the most unusual way of showing support for a team ever? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

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