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News archive: 2018

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January

Ordnance Survey International (OSI) is the first national mapping agency to join the 100 Resilient Cities platform of partners (100RC).

Ordnance Survey (OS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Bragg to its Senior Executive Management team.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has been appointed by Business Secretary Greg Clark to help shape a national infrastructure capable of supporting a nationwide network of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs).

With two of its champions preparing to climb Mount Everest later this year, the message from the latest intake of OS GetOutside Champions is to beat the sedentary lifestyle.

The Geovation Programme is now accepting applications from start-ups using location and/or land and property data in their products and services.

February

Ten start-up projects have been shortlisted for the 2018 Geovation Camp and Conference Challenge to ‘Build Greener, Smarter Communities’.

A week-long machine learning hack took place at Ordnance Survey (OS) Head Office to train machines to classify roof types contained within the national mapping agency’s aerial imagery.

Seven start-ups left the inaugural Geovation Conference with a share of £155,000 in funding after impressing judges at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

March

New historical photo mapping web app Timepix.uk was launched in Manchester this week, giving the public the chance to explore how their streets looked in yesteryear.

Ordnance Survey (OS) today announced the launch of four new off-road OS GPS navigation devices for walking, hiking and off-road cycling. The innovative GPS units are a first for OS, and have been designed for ease-of-use straight out of the box.

April

Commonwealth nations can pave the way for the rest of the world when it comes to geospatial data and innovation, says Ordnance Survey (OS).

Paralympian and new Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion Mel Nicholls smashed her personal best at the London Marathon.

Geovation reveals next wave of GeoTech and PropTech businesses From digitising farming to gamifying the UK’s wildlife to maximising the value of rooftop space to providing transparency to estate agents and sellers – meet the new Geovation Programme members.

Ordnance Survey was the first national mapping agency in the world to digitise its geospatial database, and it’s using this experience to develop the first geospatial data model for Malta.

On 24 April 2018 Ordnance Survey’s CEO presented Solent Mind’s CEO with a £33,300 donation after 24 months of fundraising activities.

May

Biannually, everyone at Ordnance Survey (OS) is given the chance to nominate and subsequently vote for the corporate charity which the organisation will support for the next two years.

Westfield Technology Group, a pioneering British vehicle manufacturer, and Ordnance Survey have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support future Autonomous Vehicle development.

Sales of both paper and digital formats of Ordnance Survey (OS) maps have grown in the last 12 months.

June

Making key parts of the Ordnance Survey (OS) MasterMap freely available will help businesses use geospatial data more easily and drive innovation across the UK economy.

Ordnance Survey (OS), Great Britain’s national mapping agency, has appointed Philippa Hird to its board as a non-executive director with immediate effect.

It is a problem causing headaches for organisers of public sports events across Great Britain.

July

Ordnance Survey (OS) is adding new datasets about vehicle speeds and speed limits in its mapping to help transport planners plot quicker journey times.

Location and property data start-ups could be in line to receive funding, business support and the strategic backing of Ordnance Survey (OS) and HM Land Registry (HMLR).

Ordnance Survey (OS) is to provide consultancy services to the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) to re-establish and further develop the GPS Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) network in Guyana.

With the summer holidays upon us and a heatwave showing no signs of letting up, Ordnance Survey (OS) has revealed the 100 biggest public parks in Britain.

Mountain Rescue incidents up 16% on previous year. Summer holidays proving to be busiest time.

August

Ordnance Survey (OS) is one of 11 partners in OmniCAV, a £3.9m project to develop a world-first Artificial Intelligence-based simulation model for testing autonomous car safety.

Ordnance Survey is urging one million people across the nation to get active outdoors on Sunday 30 September for the first ever National GetOutside Day. OS has teamed up with supporters across the country to organise guided walks, cycling and other outdoor activities in a bid to encourage more people of all ages and abilities to get outside more often.

September

Ever wanted to visualise where you are going from the comfort of your armchair? A new free OS Maps augmented reality (AR) feature makes this possible by bringing walking and cycling routes to life.

Are you an armchair traveller who would like to spend more time outside, or are you an experienced walker looking for new views of our beautiful and diverse landscape? Ordnance Survey has just released 100 Outstanding British Walks, an inspirational collection of tried and tested routes that take in the best sights England, Scotland and Wales have to offer.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was inked today between Ordnance Survey (OS) and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) to drive geospatial innovation in Singapore and the United Kingdom (UK).

Three years ago, following the success of its Geovation Challenges, Ordnance Survey (OS) opened the Geovation Hub in London. The move was made to further energise innovation in the UK geospatial industry by attracting new players, new visions, new thinking and new markets, and offering these start-ups the best possible support through the Geovation Programme.

October

Businesses joining the start-up accelerator each receive up to £20,000 in funding and a range of resources and services, including access to experienced software developers, geospatial expertise from Ordnance Survey, property expertise from HM Land Registry, and specialist mentoring to assist with business proposals and investor relationships. The latest group to receive this help and benefits are:

Do you know your trig points from your National Trails? Can you calculate using contours? And exactly how far the footpath is from the free house? It’s time to find out in Ordnance Survey’s new puzzle book that contains over 200 fascinating and fiendish brainteasers!

Ordnance Survey (OS), Great Britain’s national mapping agency, has appointed John Clarke to its board as a Non-Executive Director.

As Christmas draws closer, nights lengthen and temperatures drop, many people will be doing their Christmas shopping, mince pie baking and Christmas card writing. This is also one of the busiest times of year for many businesses. Utility companies need to ensure people remain warm, online shopping delivery companies are frantically getting Christmas presents delivered... Read More The post AddressBase – 7 years of improving public sector services, deliveries and service provision appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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During August 2018 the cities of Glasgow (UK) and Berlin (DE) jointly-hosted the inaugural edition of the European Championships, a new and exciting multi-sport event. The Glasgow 2018 European Championships brought together some of our continent’s leading athletes. The city of Glasgow and Scotland hosted aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon with athletics and... Read More The post Glasgow 2018 European Championships and OS data appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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7 months ago we announced Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity as our corporate charity. We’ve been busy raising money and so far, our total is £8,943.03! As well as our #charitytuesday events, cake sales and football sweepstakes (mentioned in our previous blog), we have had a few big events which have considerably contributed to our total that... Read More The post OS hospital bay taking shape appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

So far, we have looked at visualising Royal National Lifeboat Institute and Ordnance Survey data using QGIS and Kepler software. In this, our third technical blog, we will be using Tableau. Tableau is a data visualisation software that is used for creating a wide range of different visualisation to interactively present data and obtain insights.... Read More The post Tutorial – visualising data in Tableau with the RNLI appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

On 28 February 1823, Sir William Hillary made an impassioned appeal to the nation, calling for a service dedicated to saving lives at sea. That service was to become the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Did you know? There are 238 lifeboat stations around the coasts of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and... Read More The post Tutorial – visualising data in Kepler with the RNLI appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Continuing our series to introduce you to the amazing individuals within OS and showcase the variety of work we do, meet Lisa Allen. While Lisa is relatively new to OS, she has already made her mark. Here, she gives us an insight into her role in the OS Data Office and how she gives our data a voice…... Read More The post Meet the team: Lisa Allen appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

In an emergency the importance of location is critical. Knowing the precise whereabouts of an incident can be the difference between life and death. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are the charity that saves lives at sea. Responsible for saving over 140,000 lives since their formation in 1824 they work with a dedicated team... Read More The post Tutorial – visualising data in QGIS with the RNLI appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

We’re proud of our long heritage at Ordnance Survey (OS) and that our teams contributed to the war efforts in the 20th Century. We have a memorial at head office commemorating the 123 people who lost their lives from OS during both world wars and gather each year to remember them. We supported the war efforts... Read More The post OS women and the Allied war effort  appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

Have you ever wondered how long ago we made our first map or why we are called Ordnance Survey? There is a link, so keep reading to find out… While 2018 marks 227 years since Ordnance Survey was founded on 21 June 1791, our first map was produced ten years later in 1801. Following a... Read More The post The beginning of our paper maps appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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By popular demand, our Geovation team will be delivering another series of geotech workshops across Great Britain. This time, they’re focusing the sessions on OS Open Zoomstack to help you embed OS Maps into your web, mobile and desktop application. OS Open Zoomstack We launched OS Open Zoomstack as a trial in July and over 900 people... Read More The post OS Open Zoomstack workshops – book your place appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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