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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).

Historic photo site Timepix launched six weeks ago with over 21,000 images, many captured by OS surveyors between the 1940s and 1960s. Timepix now boast 26,000 photos and has been visited by thousands of people across the world, getting a unique view of Britain and insight into the past of OS. Today marks the 82nd... Read More The post Latest Timepix photos show OS trig pillars appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

Inspired by a previous blog post that re-imagined Winchester as the nation’s capital through mapping, guest blogger John Murray applied this technique to Chester. There has been much speculation amongst historians and archaeologists on whether Roman Chester (Deva) was intended to be the capital of Britannia. This was the subject of a BBC Two Timewatch programme... Read More The post Was Chester the intended capital of Roman Britain? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 5 days ago

Following the Easter indulgence, we’re releasing a new feature for OS Maps – the 3D fly-through. Perfect for planning GetOutside adventures with your friends and family or for justifying your chocolate consumption (just us?), you can visualise your whole route before you start your trip. Getting a sense of a route is invaluable, but it... Read More The post OS Maps has a new 3D fly-through feature appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

For April Fool’s Day we challenged one of our most senior and experienced cartographers to create a mythical island for Country Walking magazine. The premise was that this island had been lost to the sea centuries ago, only for it to have now mysteriously risen out of the waves in need of mapping.    Mark... Read More The post Mapping a new island for April Fool’s Day appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

The beast from the east dominated headlines this month, with snow causing traffic issues, school closures and disruption across the country. In Cumbria, the depth of the snow and challenging terrain resulted in significant issues accessing some communities. Cumbria’s multi-agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG), made up of partner agencies, secured military assistance to help access... Read More The post The power of geospatial data in resilience planning and emergency response appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

The Lakes Ignite programme for 2018 features an OS-inspired work of art called Ordnance Pavilion, paying homage to the trig pillar and the work of OS surveyors in mapping Great Britain. It’s flattering to be an artist’s muse, but we wonder if it’s not the first time OS has inspired an artwork… Ordnance Pavilion Created... Read More The post Making Ordnance Survey into a work of art appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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 | 1 month 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 month 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 month 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 | 1 month ago

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