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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 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.

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.

Elsa joined our Data Office in Southampton for work experience recently and shares her experience within the team. I’m in year 12 studying Geography, Maths, Further Maths and English A-Levels in Devon. Once in the Data Office team I had the chance to work on my own project, which was on the archaeological sites of... Read More The post Geo work experience at OS appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 days ago

The Geospatial Commission, created by the UK government in November 2017, is inviting geospatial players and beyond to help shape the UK geospatial industry with its call for evidence to be a geospatial world leader. It is hoped the public consultation will help the industry support economic growth and unlock further value, which is estimated... Read More The post OS welcomes UK government’s call for evidence to be a geospatial world leader appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

We’re supporting the UK government’s £1 billion commitment to keep Britain at the forefront of connectivity. We plan to do this by helping accelerate the deployment of a next generation digital infrastructure through geospatial data planning. With its ability to transmit large amounts of data, the revolutionary 5G millimetric waves (mmwave) will be vital to... Read More The post How the environment will affect 5G appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 5 days ago

Celebrate the UK’s first ever Mapping Festival with a week-long programme of education, inspiration, entertainment and most importantly, maps! It’s being held in London from 2-7 September 2018. The UK Mapping Festival (UKMF) will feature exhibitions, workshops, visits, social gatherings, seminars with Festival guests, and activities for families and young people. There are three exciting... Read More The post Join us at the UK Mapping Festival appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Having launched our OS Open Zoomstack trial three weeks ago, we thought now is a good time to reflect on feedback and to offer you some more examples demonstrating how the new dataset can be utilised. Positive response We have been overwhelmed with the response and all the positive feedback for this trial. We have received... Read More The post OS Open Zoomstack trial so far appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

With the English football season about to kick-off for 2018-19, our GeoDataViz team have been visualising the 92 football league grounds in one huge poster. The Premier League, The Championship, League One and League Two grounds have all been mapped using OS OpenData and put in order by stadium capacity. The 92 From Manchester United... Read More The post Football stadiums all mapped out appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Since announcing Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity as our corporate charity, we’ve been busy raising money – over £1800 so far! We’ve organised an array of fundraising activities including a football tournament, cake sale, World Cup quiz and a charity run. We of course had a map sale too, but we’re sure you knew that! Below... Read More The post Our charity fundraising so far appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

As we begin the summer holidays and the heatwave continues, you may well find yourself heading to a beach with a pleasure pier. But which is the longest pleasure pier in Great Britain? We’ve come up with the stats for the top 10 longest pleasure piers in Great Britain according to the National Piers Society,... Read More The post Pleasure pier quiz appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

While we have all been out embracing the heatwave at every opportunity, as a result our Flying Unit has had to contend with a busier airspace. As well as all the air shows at this time of year, when the weather is good, those with PPLs (Private Pilot Licence) are more likely to take to... Read More The post Our Flying Unit volumes increase as warm weather continues appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Last week, the Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival took place – and it was a huge success! 510 of the world’s leading businesses and most innovative minds gathered for this event to tackle 13 major social and environmental challenges. As detailed in our previous blog, our sprint team’s role at the festival was to create... Read More The post OS and Northumbrian Water create pioneering underground map appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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