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April

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

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

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

March

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

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.

February

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.

January

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.

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.

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

An agreement between Britain’s national mapping agency Ordnance Survey and Mobileye, an Intel company, is set to deliver high precision road network location data to enable a fully connected digital Britain.

December

Ordnance Survey (OS) is back to offer off-road cyclists the best in British mapping with its new OS Trail Bike GPS unit.

October

Ordnance Survey (OS), Great Britain’s national mapping agency, has appointed John Clarke to its board as a Non-Executive Director.

Do you know your trig points from your National Trails? Can you calculate using contours? And exactly how far the footpath is from the free house? It’s time to find out in Ordnance Survey’s new puzzle book that contains over 200 fascinating and fiendish brainteasers!

Businesses joining the start-up accelerator each receive up to £20,000 in funding and a range of resources and services, including access to experienced software developers, geospatial expertise from Ordnance Survey, property expertise from HM Land Registry, and specialist mentoring to assist with business proposals and investor relationships. The latest group to receive this help and benefits are:

September

Three years ago, following the success of its Geovation Challenges, Ordnance Survey (OS) opened the Geovation Hub in London. The move was made to further energise innovation in the UK geospatial industry by attracting new players, new visions, new thinking and new markets, and offering these start-ups the best possible support through the Geovation Programme.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was inked today between Ordnance Survey (OS) and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) to drive geospatial innovation in Singapore and the United Kingdom (UK).

Are you an armchair traveller who would like to spend more time outside, or are you an experienced walker looking for new views of our beautiful and diverse landscape? Ordnance Survey has just released 100 Outstanding British Walks, an inspirational collection of tried and tested routes that take in the best sights England, Scotland and Wales have to offer.

Ever wanted to visualise where you are going from the comfort of your armchair? A new free OS Maps augmented reality (AR) feature makes this possible by bringing walking and cycling routes to life.

August

Ordnance Survey is urging one million people across the nation to get active outdoors on Sunday 30 September for the first ever National GetOutside Day. OS has teamed up with supporters across the country to organise guided walks, cycling and other outdoor activities in a bid to encourage more people of all ages and abilities to get outside more often.

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.

July

Mountain Rescue incidents up 16% on previous year. Summer holidays proving to be busiest time.

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.

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.

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 adding new datasets about vehicle speeds and speed limits in its mapping to help transport planners plot quicker journey times.

June

It is a problem causing headaches for organisers of public sports events across Great Britain.

Ordnance Survey (OS), Great Britain’s national mapping agency, has appointed Philippa Hird to its board as a non-executive director with immediate effect.

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.

May

Sales of both paper and digital formats of Ordnance Survey (OS) maps have grown in the last 12 months.

Westfield Technology Group, a pioneering British vehicle manufacturer, and Ordnance Survey have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support future Autonomous Vehicle development.

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.

April

On 24 April 2018 Ordnance Survey’s CEO presented Solent Mind’s CEO with a £33,300 donation after 24 months of fundraising activities.

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.

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.

Paralympian and new Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion Mel Nicholls smashed her personal best at the London Marathon.

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).

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

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Today is the 83rd anniversary of the first use of an Ordnance Survey trig pillar, so the perfect time to catch up with Britain’s top trig-bagger, Rob Woodall, on his latest achievement.  I bagged my final Welsh trig pillar in 2008 – sort of. At that time, I counted 660 trig pillars still surviving in... Read More The post Welsh and English trig pillars completion appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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Four of our OS OpenData products are now available in GeoPackage format – an open standard from the Open Geospatial Consortium. Following positive feedback on the GeoPackage format trial, where many of you asked us for a greater choice of formats, we made a commitment to make our data more accessible, interoperable and quicker to... Read More The post OS OpenData products now available in GeoPackage format appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

Continuing our series to introduce you to the hard-working individuals within OS and showcase the wide variety of work we do, meet Mark Greaves. Mark has been with us for over 30 years and is definitely a fountain of knowledge here at OS! Here, he gives tells us more about how he keeps OS Net running… How... Read More The post Meet the team: Mark Greaves appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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If you haven’t heard of Virgin Pulse’s Global Challenge, it is a 100-day challenge to encourage employees to transform their health, wellbeing and engagement levels. With more than 3,000 participants around the world, the Global Challenge is one of the biggest and most highly-anticipated events on the workplace wellbeing calendar. According to their 2018 stats,... Read More The post OS employees take on the Global Challenge appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

By Katerina Harrington, Public Sector Relationship Manager  The expanding population of Great Britain brings certain challenges for local authorities. Large cities have become accustomed to rapid growth and increasingly dense living situations, but across the country, other councils are facing pressure to adapt to a rising populace.   Residential property development has plateaued since the 1970s... Read More The post Land: the greatest asset is under our feet appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

It’s 70 years since the 1949 Act of Parliament that began the family of National Parks in Great Britain, and our GeoDataViz team have created a stunning poster to showcase the varied landscapes of our 15 beautiful National Parks. Covering a combined area of 23,138 km2 (that’s around 10% of Great Britain and an area... Read More The post New poster to celebrate 70 years of Britain’s National Parks appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

If you’re an avid reader of our blog or have some surveying knowledge, you may well have heard of a theodolite before. A key instrument in the mapping of Britain (and pretty much everywhere else!), a theodolite is a simple concept built into a precision instrument – a telescope with graduated horizontal and vertical circles... Read More The post An OS history of the theodolite appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Along with 17 other Government bodies, six years ago the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP) was created. This year, we’re delighted to be hosting the annual NHP conference on 26 and 27 March at our HQ in Southampton. Free to attend and aimed at professionals working in the natural hazards and resilience arena including government, responders... Read More The post NHP partnership conference appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

As expert map readers will know, when you’re out and about navigating with a compass, there is a difference between magnetic north (where the compass points) and grid north (the vertical blue grid lines shown on OS maps). And if you’re exploring in the west of Great Britain, there is a change to be aware... Read More The post Magnetic north continues its march to the east appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 month ago

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