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GeoTech and PropTech start-ups get the chance to advance their businesses after Geovation announced the return of its Accelerator Programme for 2019.

Start-ups in and around Bristol and Bath could be in line to receive specialist support from Ordnance Survey (OS) and HM Land Registry (HMLR), as Engine Shed announce partnership with OS’s start-up support initiative, Geovation.

Ordnance Survey (OS) releases OS Open Zoomstack, a free, customisable digital mapping toolkit that gives developers the ability to create quick, easy 2D and 3D maps for use in apps and websites and offline pages.


Ordnance Survey and a team of world-leading aeronautic engineers are developing a highly innovative solar powered, High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) that is going to change the face of Earth observation and the way we map our planet.


Ordnance Survey reveal which British paths and routes have proved the most popular in 2018, according to users of our online and app mapping system, OS Maps.

Meet trainer to the stars, Professor Greg Whyte, who is the latest name to join Ordnance Survey’s GetOutside campaign.


In celebration of 70-years of the National Parks, Ordnance Survey (OS) has created a series of stunning data visualisations depicting their extent and landscape. With rising health issues, OS MD says we need National Parks more than ever

Meet the Magnificent Seven start-ups set to receive funding, business support and the strategic backing of Ordnance Survey and HM Land Registry

Jungle celeb and TV presenter, Nick Knowles, and trainer to the stars, Professor Greg Whyte help Ordnance Survey launch film to inspire a nation to get active

A digital map of underground pipes and cables is to be created, to help save lives and reduce the disruption caused when they are struck by mistake.

As part of its vision to enable a fully connected digital Britain, OS is collaborating with ten partners to shape the way we will one day travel.


Ordnance Survey (OS), the Environment Agency (EA) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have collaborated to bring together a nationally consistent view of Great Britain’s watercourses called OS MasterMap Water Network.

LONDON, May 7, 2019 – Ordnance Survey (OS), Great Britain’s national mapping agency, and Mobileye, an Intel company, have launched trials to create the first detailed roadside infrastructure dataset of Britain for a new, accurate and customisable location information service.

607 paper maps, the most detailed digital data picture of Great Britain, one red planet, and now OS maps the moon.

Registers of Scotland and Ordnance Survey to establish a Geovation Hub in Edinburgh to accelerate Scottish property and geospatial start-ups.

If you’re a user of OS data, you may well have explored our GitHub page. For those unfamiliar with GitHub, it is a web portal where the 28 million users primarily share code and engage at a technical level. GitHub has been adopted by a large number or commercial and public sector organisations, so we... Read More The post OS GitHub page has an overhaul appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 days ago

This year marks the 50th year anniversary of the Moon landing, and to celebrate the occasion the OS GeoDataViz team decided to create a map of Apollo 11’s lunar landing site in our unique map style (available to buy in our OS map shop). Find out how Paul Naylor approached the task. On 20 July... Read More The post OS Moon map celebrates 50th anniversary of the Moon landing appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 days ago

We were delighted to have two entries shortlisted for the inaugural Geography in Government Awards this year. We were even more pleased to win one as OS Open Zoomstack scooped the prize for ‘Excellence in geo-visualisation and cartography’, up against tough competition from the Defence Geographic Centre (DGC). Some of the OS team attended the... Read More The post Excellence in Cartography: OS Open Zoomstack scoops award appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Guest blog by OS product manager Tim Newman. If you’ve spent any time hillwalking or learning basic navigation skills, then chances are you’ve heard of Naismith and his eponymous rule for estimating walking times. It enables you, armed only with a paper map and a piece of string, to predict your route time or assess... Read More The post Why we’re adjusting Naismith’s Rule appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Continuing our series to introduce you to the wonderful individuals within OS and give you a snapshot of the variety of work we do, meet Marianne Pope. As a Product Manager, here she offers insight into her role from data to the Geospatial Commission…  How long have you worked for OS? I joined OS in November 2018... Read More The post Meet the team: Marianne Pope appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Following the press release on OS MasterMap Water Network, Product Manager Jessica Gaskell discusses the product further in this guest blog… As the first comprehensive, single dataset covering Great Britain’s watercourses, I am delighted to say that OS MasterMap Water Network has now become a full product! The OS MasterMap Water Network product means the... Read More The post EA & SEPA support OS MasterMap Water Network – how does this benefit you? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

The Understanding Scottish Places (USP) platform launched in April 2015, offering a way of understanding the similarity of places across Scotland. The tool contains a range of demographic, social and economic data on all 479 Scottish settlements with a population of over 1,000 people. Deliberately designed to avoid a simplistic ranking of places as better... Read More The post Understanding Scottish Places with OS data appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

On 31 January, the Data Discoverability project published the Geo6 geospatial data catalogues. This project is one of the Geospatial Commission funded projects to maximise the benefits of geospatial data for the UK. The project has involved the 6 partner bodies of the Geospatial Commission. Also known as the Geo6, this includes Ordnance Survey, the... Read More The post Geospatial Commission Data Discoverability – making geospatial data easier to find appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Based out of East Midlands airport, our team are getting to grips with some new technology and a new aircraft for the 2019 flying season, which runs from the end of February to the end of October.   This year, we’re excited to be adding two Vexcel Mark 3 UltraCam Eagle cameras and a Pressurised Beechcraft... Read More The post Spring is in the air and so is our Flying Unit! appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

We’ve been working with the Geospatial Commission alongside The British Geological Survey, Coal Authority, HM Land Registry and The UK Hydrographic Office to create a single Data Exploration Licence. The single licence replaces a number of different agreements from the five partner bodies and allows registers users to freely access available data to research and... Read More The post New Data Exploration Licence released by the Geospatial Commission  appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

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