Jump to the following:

By continuing, you agree to the use of cookies by us and third parties, which we use to improve your visit.

News archive: 2018

Filter by subject

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 Get Outside 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.

They are some of the oldest photographs ever taken of the ancient Stonehenge landmark and the book in which they are bound dates back to 1867. It’s a chronicle which until now has been lost in the archives of the national mapping agency Ordnance Survey. Photographic research company TimePix.uk is publishing eight photographs on its... Read More The post 150-year-old Stonehenge photos unearthed on the Summer Solstice appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 hours ago

Today marks 227 years since Ordnance Survey was founded. On 21 June 1791, the Board of Ordnance purchased a new Ramsden theodolite, and this is seen as the foundation of our organisation. A lot has changed in those 227 years: we moved from London to Southampton; we went from mapping for the military to mapping for people,... Read More The post We’re 227 today appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 7 hours ago

As part of the Prime Minister’s London Tech Week round-table event, earlier this week the Government announced that key parts of OS MasterMap will be made openly available for the public and businesses to use. The announcement is one of the first projects to be delivered by the Geospatial Commission in conjunction with us. We... Read More The post Ordnance Survey’s open data journey appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 6 days ago

In partnership with the UK Space Agency and Oxford Innovation, we hosted a workshop for the Oxford Innovation Space Incubator programme earlier this year. This involved inviting the next generation of thinkers at the forefront of technological innovation to come up with “ground breaking ideas with the potential to change the world”. The challenge they... Read More The post Oxford Innovation Space Incubator programme appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

We have to say, the Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival is a truly unique event. It focuses on several societal and environmental issues and, throughout the five day festival, those involved apply design thinking techniques to try and solve them. Naturally, we have jumped at the chance to get involved. As geospatial data and mapping experts,... Read More The post Going underground at the NWG Innovation Festival appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Are you a local authority, a utility company or a highways agency with underground assets? If so, you may be interested in our Project Iceberg industry workshop on 27 June. Project Iceberg is a collaborative project between us, the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Future Cities Catapult (FCC) to explore how to better capture, collect and share data about... Read More The post Project Iceberg – join us for our industry workshop appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Guest blog by Sophie Kirkpatrick, Founder of Atlas & I.Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love an antique map? Their unique charm and history is endlessly relatable and you can never tire of exploring an old map of a sentimental location. To study old maps in antiquarian book shops and libraries is one undertaking,... Read More The post Making antique maps more accessible appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Here at OS, we encourage and promote the benefits of being active – in fact, it’s even one of our company values. We are often involved in projects and campaigns to inspire more active lifestyles and, with support from our Geovation team, next week’s Active Travel Hackathon in London is no different. Over the past ten... Read More The post Active Travel Hackathon appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Do you prefer to keep to the straight and narrow? Or are you the type that goes around in circles? Our Graduate Consultant Data Scientist, Jacob Rainbow, has conducted an analysis on the walking preferences of OS Maps app users. One interesting aspect he has discovered is that there is an almost fifty-fifty split in... Read More The post Are you a linear or are you a looper? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Geovation is holding a series of hands-on introductory workshops to teach attendees the principles of visualising with geographic data. As all tickets were snapped up for both our London HQ and Edinburgh sessions, we’ve decided to run four more events around GB over the next few weeks. Disclaimer – these events are FREE to attend!... Read More The post Learn how to design your own map at a Geovation Masterclass appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Back to top
© Ordnance Survey 2016