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News archive: 2017

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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.

December

Forget splashing the cash and extravagant gifts this Christmas – according to a new study from Ordnance Survey - what we really want from our friends and family is something personal and thoughtful.

On December 18, Ordnance Survey (OS) was joined by Deputy Chief of Mission, Lew Lukens, from the U.S. Embassy to accurately survey and map the new building.

Find out how our guest blogger David Heyman, Managing Director of Axis Maps, created a fantastic interactive house prices map on a day off… Overseeing the operations of Axis Maps, I don’t get to make maps as much as I’d like. Last week I had a free day, so I figured I’d build a quick interactive map... Read More The post An interactive house prices map with OS data appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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The Royal Institute of British Architects is gathering tonight to preview the RIBA Stirling Prize 2018 shortlist. The annual awards celebrate the best buildings in the UK, the vast majority of which OS surveys and adds to the master map of Great Britain. We’re wondering if our surveyor Tim Glasswell will complete a hat trick... Read More The post Surveying the best buildings in Britain appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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Want to know which OS map gets the least attention? Read on to find out about the most unexplored parts of Great Britain are to be found – we’re ready to reveal some OS secrets! According to our sales figures for 2017/18, we have been able to publish the top 10 least popular Explorer maps... Read More The post Britain’s loneliest OS map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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We’d like to put some friendly faces to the people working at OS and showcase the wide variety of work we do. As today is the International Day of Charity, we’re starting with Teena Munden, Business Centre Manager and chief fundraiser at OS.  How long have you worked for OS? I celebrated my 10-year OS... Read More The post Meet the team: Teena Munden appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Inspired by the Mapbox blog – Tim Manners in our OS Labs team built this awesome demo application to showcase the dynamic hillshade. The demo includes a widget which enables you to change the light source directly on the client and see the map change in real-time. Tim used our OS Terrain 50 DTM grid dataset to... Read More The post Dynamic hillshade: create realistic terrain visualisations using OS Open Zoomstack appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

We want to get one million people across Great Britain active outdoors on Sunday 30 September for the first ever National GetOutside Day. It’s a part of ukactive’s European Week of Sport which sees a huge range of events taking place nationwide in a mission to improve the health of the nation by getting more... Read More The post Win a map for #GetOutsideDay appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

While 2018 marks the 227th anniversary of Ordnance Survey, lest we forget it is also the 82nd anniversary of the first observations from our ‘hotine’ trig pillar! If you want to find out who created our well-known trig pillars and the memorial we have for him at our head office, you’re in the right place.... Read More The post Remembering Brigadier Martin Hotine appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Elsa joined our Data Office in Southampton for work experience recently and shares her experience within the team. I’m in year 12 studying Geography, Maths, Further Maths and English A-Levels in Devon. Once in the Data Office team I had the chance to work on my own project, which was on the archaeological sites of... Read More The post Geo work experience at OS appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

The Geospatial Commission, created by the UK government in November 2017, is inviting geospatial players and beyond to help shape the UK geospatial industry with its call for evidence to be a geospatial world leader. It is hoped the public consultation will help the industry support economic growth and unlock further value, which is estimated... Read More The post OS welcomes UK government’s call for evidence to be a geospatial world leader appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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We’re supporting the UK government’s £1 billion commitment to keep Britain at the forefront of connectivity. We plan to do this by helping accelerate the deployment of a next generation digital infrastructure through geospatial data planning. With its ability to transmit large amounts of data, the revolutionary 5G millimetric waves (mmwave) will be vital to... Read More The post How the environment will affect 5G appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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