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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).

March

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.

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.

February

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.

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.

Ten start-up projects have been shortlisted for the 2018 Geovation Camp and Conference Challenge to ‘Build Greener, Smarter Communities’.

January

The Geovation Programme is now accepting applications from start-ups using location and/or land and property data in their products and services.

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.

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).

Ordnance Survey (OS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Bragg to its Senior Executive Management team.

Ordnance Survey International (OSI) is the first national mapping agency to join the 100 Resilient Cities platform of partners (100RC).

December

On December 18, Ordnance Survey (OS) was joined by Deputy Chief of Mission, Lew Lukens, from the U.S. Embassy to accurately survey and map the new building.

Forget splashing the cash and extravagant gifts this Christmas – according to a new study from Ordnance Survey - what we really want from our friends and family is something personal and thoughtful.

October

Ordnance Survey International has been appointed by the World Bank to help build up geospatial data expertise in Tanzania.

Geovation has expanded its programme to support three new PropTech start-ups. This is the first time the programme will back PropTech disruptors and follows news that HMLR will begin to collaborate with OS to stimulate the innovative use of land and property technology and data through Geovation.

This week (16-22 October) marks National Map Reading Week – giving people the opportunity to get outside and brush up on their map reading skills.

A unique competition for the British public to turn their bright ideas into serious business propositions has been launched today by Geovation, Britain’s location and property data lab.

Adventurers, authors and broadcasters, Ben Fogle and Sean Conway, are encouraging people who are passionate and enthusiastic about the outdoors to join them as Ordnance Survey (OS) GetOutside Champions and help tackle the rising levels of inactivity in the UK.

Ever wondered what the name of that hill is in the distance? Or how far away a town is from the spot you are standing in? Well, all you need is a mobile phone or tablet and Ordnance Survey’s new augmented reality feature will do the rest!

September

Ordnance Survey International (OSI) has been contracted to support project lead the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Government with its continued vision to be a Smart Technology world leader.

Ordnance Survey is pleased to be supporting a new project for accurately locating and mapping the Kingdom of Bahrain’s underground utilities, which is set to deliver benefits to the nation through better decision making and planning.

August

Ordnance Survey’s (OS) analysis of almost 400,000 public routes created over the past twelve months in the digital map and planning tool OS Maps has revealed that the Peak District is currently the most popular destination to create routes for.

A new generation of location and property data start-ups are to receive funding, business support and the strategic backing of Ordnance Survey (OS) and HM Land Registry (HMLR).

July

New Chief Enterprise Architect to advise on business alignment, enterprise architecture, information technology solutions, and the associated impact on the organisation and its stakeholders.

Today Lord Prior announces a new strategic partnership between HM Land Registry (HMLR) and Ordnance Survey (OS) to help propel the UK towards becoming a global leader in the land and property market.

Following detailed analysis of Ordnance Survey’s (OS) Custom Made map data it was revealed that the Scottish island of Foula is the only place in Great Britain the public has not yet featured on an OS Custom Made map.

A Government initiative to make it easier for people to locate and access greenspaces has launched today with the release of a new database and interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure greenspace in Great Britain.

June

Ordnance Survey’s (OS) social initiative GetOutside, which aims to make the outdoors enjoyable, accessible and safe to all, has gained further momentum in recognition for the impact it is already having in Great Britain by partnering with the European It’s Great Out There (IGOT) Coalition. The partnership will see the GetOutside added to the IGOT platform, making it the focal point for all outdoor activities in the UK. This is part of a concerted effort by the outdoor industry across Europe to promote an active and healthier lifestyle.

Ordnance Survey (OS) and Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) have today announced how they want to make the outside more enjoyable, accessible and safe for all, by encouraging the public to be more mindful and better prepared when heading outdoors. The partnership was made after MREW’s 2016 callout figures showed incidents to be up for the fourth year running, and a survey commissioned by OS also revealed 76% of British recreational walkers and hikers do not properly plan their route or what to pack in preparation of their walk/hike.

Ordnance Survey (OS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Caroline Bellamy, as its new Chief Data Officer. Caroline is a highly-experienced leader with 25 years’ Data and Insight experience, working in multiple sectors at senior levels. Caroline joins OS from Vodafone where she’d been working since 2008 in various leadership roles in the UK and Germany.

Ordnance Survey will lead a sprint on greener communities at the NWG Innovation Festival. The sprint is one of a series of Geovation Challenge activities being run by Ordnance Survey as part of its commitment to innovation and will be looking to help start-ups, individuals, smaller businesses, corporations, public and third sector organisations develop ideas to be presented at the end of the week.

A new survey reveals that children are becoming less active outdoors and urges parents to help kids get outside with Wild Night Out.

April

Four businesses join the Geovation Programme.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has teamed up with Wild Night Out to launch this year’s national wild adventure, which takes place on Saturday 1 July.

During the first week of July, leaders of national mapping and cadastral authorities from across the globe will be in the UK to discuss some of the greatest challenges the world faces.

Fresh from being named the UK Outdoor Industry’s Digital Product of the Year, OS Maps has become even better with the inclusion of an immersive 3D view of Great Britain in HD.

March

Ordnance Survey (OS) has signed an agreement with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), negotiated by its technology transfer arm, Ploughshare Innovations, to allow it to license various forms of cutting edge aerial mapping technology.

Ordnance Survey’s (OS) Craft Club has produced The Great British Craftography Map, which is being auctioned to raise money for Solent Mind, OS’s corporate charity.

Staff from Ordnance Survey (OS) have downed their maps and replaced them with paint brushes and screwdrivers to refurbish a training room at Solent Mind’s Wellbeing Centre in Eastleigh.

An exciting new relationship between Trimble and Ordnance Survey (OS) sees innovators at the Geovation Hub leverage Trimble’s latest technologies.

Ordnance Survey (OS) is in Manchester collecting geospatial data to a similar level that it did across all the 2012 Olympic sites, which contributed to the successful planning and smooth delivery of a safe and enjoyable Games.

January

Adventurer, author and broadcaster Ben Fogle, is Ordnance Survey’s newest Champion, and in accepting the role Ben is supporting OS in tackling the challenge of helping Britain become a more outdoorsy and adventurous nation.

Ordnance Survey International and Deimos Space UK are to work with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai to help the United Arab Emirates (UAE) improve how it plans and manages its natural resources and infrastructure.

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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