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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!

Continuing our series to introduce you to the hard-working individuals within OS and showcase the wide variety of work we do, meet Dave Tucker. Dave has been with us for a long time but has always worked out in the field. Here, he gives us an insight on his role in mapping Great Britain… How long have... Read More The post Meet the team: Dave Tucker appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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We’ve had such a great response to the trial and received a huge amount of feedback from the users, that we’re going to invest in making OS Open Zoomstack a supported product. For both the downloads and the API we’ll be developing Alpha versions and continue to make changes based on your feedback. We’ll be... Read More The post OS Open Zoomstack is no longer just a 3-month trial! appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Ordnance Survey (OS) Partner Basemap share their insights on speed data, why it matters and how their data is available via OS MasterMap Highways Network. As autonomous vehicles develop around the world, we’re seeing a greater need for accurate data, both in live and static forms. Live data enables dynamic routing, but it can be... Read More The post Why speed data matters appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Continuing our series to introduce some friendly faces from the people working at OS and showcase the wide variety of work we do, meet Joe Harrison. Joe joined OS on our graduate scheme in 2017 as a data scientist and has worked in a few areas of the business so far. If you’re a follower of... Read More The post Meet the team: Joe Harrison appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Following the success of our Geovation Challenges, three years ago we opened the Geovation Hub in London. This decision was made to further energise innovation in the UK geospatial industry and offer proptech and geotech start-ups the best possible support through the Geovation programme. In the three years since the hub opened, businesses that have... Read More The post Three years of Geovation appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

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

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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

Blog | 1 month ago

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

Blog | 1 month ago

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 | 1 month 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 | 1 month ago

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