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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

By Andrew Cooling and Steve Kingston, OS The Office for National Statistics (ONS), have begun the delivery of a Great Britain-wide natural capital accounting project, gathering insights on urban green spaces and their effect on our social and economic well-being. We’ve been working with ONS on the project, along with Defra, with our GI Consultant... Read More The post Analysing urban green spaces with ONS appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

Calling all OS OpenData users! Have you struggled to get to grips with GML? Have Shapefiles left you feeling positively un-shapely? Do you dream of a Dump file? Maybe you get giddy over a GeoPackage? Then you may want to take part in our OS OpenData trial that’s being announced at FOSS4G in London today… Since the launch... Read More The post Help us shape future OS OpenData formats – take part in our trial appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

What is an annotation? Annotation: “a note by way of explanation or comment added to a text or diagram.” Synonyms: notation, comment, footnote; commentary, explanation. Sometimes referred to as data labels or captions, annotations are often added to charts to add an extra layer of useful information for the reader. Think of it like using... Read More The post Annotations: adding narrative to your maps appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

The Timepix historic photo site launches today and makes a unique set of photos from OS’ history available online for the first time. Over 21,000 photos catalogue the Manchester streets between the 1940s and 1960s, giving a unique insight into the city’s past captured by OS surveyors. From children and animals photobombing the surveyors, to... Read More The post See historic photos from Ordnance Survey on Timepix appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Egbe Manners, GI Consultant One of my colleagues loves online shopping, so, when she moved to a new flat and her favourite home delivery services couldn’t find her address, she was frustrated. Increasingly having a successful delivery to her flat is becoming a differentiator to which online retailer she chooses. Is she... Read More The post Why retailers need quality addressing data appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

While the world enjoyed the action at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, we were just as interested in what was happening away from the ice and snow. Namely the first large-scale 5G pilot service. For critics it served as a marketing ploy for KT Group, South Korea’s largest telecom, who promoted the event as the first... Read More The post OS reports recommend the creation of a Digital Twin for a successful rollout of 5G appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Critique is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as a detailed analysis and assessment of something and in 2010 Judith Tyner released the book Principles of Map Design and included the diagram on the right, defining the map making process. Map critique plays an important role in the design process and this is for a number... Read More The post 8 tips for map critique appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

A short while ago, my wife received two seemingly identical catalogues in the post from a well-known online fashion retailer. Both were addressed to our home, but the catalogues differed in two respects. Firstly, one was labelled using her maiden name, whilst the other used her married surname. The second difference was more interesting. The... Read More The post Why you need an address master data management strategy appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

By Katerina Harrington, Relationship Manager, OSGB With an increased focus on house building across the country, how can we monitor the changes to the landscape of Great Britain? Government has pledged to enable the building of 300,000 new homes a year, to counteract the short fall of homes in this country. But they’ve also promised... Read More The post Land change – who’s monitoring it and why is it important? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

If you’re working in the geo industry, you may have heard about Nautoguide and their product Geovey. The former Geovation Challenge winners have expanded from mapping the Battle of Jutland to working with local government and even supplying a feedback service for our OS Open Greenspace product. Dave Barter from Nautoguide tells their story. We’ve... Read More The post How Geovey built on their Geovation Challenge success appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

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