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December

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.

December

Bournemouth’s Christmas tree, lights and decorations feature in Ordnance Survey's ground breaking planning and mapping tool for the national rollout of 5G technology.

November

Over 373, 919km of England’s farmland hedges have been accurately mapped to create a new digital dataset, OS Landscape Features Layer, which will be used by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

Ordnance Survey (OS) has been chosen by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to develop groundbreaking planning and mapping tool that will be instrumental for the national rollout of 5G technology.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has created the ultimate and authoritative road and transport management product, OS MasterMap® Highways Network, to support street works planning and to help professionals make informed decisions with asset management and route planning.

This summer, Ordnance Survey invited developers, entrepreneurs and innovators to apply to its Geovation Programme for funding and resources.

The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) and Ordnance Survey (OS) have announced details of a partnership that will see all elements of the Britain on Foot (BoF) campaign transfer to the OS #GetOutside platform.

October

This week (17-23 October) marks National Map Reading Week – giving people the perfect excuse to get outside and top up on their map reading skills.

The latest agricultural machinery from CNH Industrial’s Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands incorporates OS’s OS Net signal technology, based on a national network of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) reference stations.

Geovation works with utilities to reveal the business opportunities beneath our feet.

Whether it is developing GeoTech solutions, the creation of next-generation 3D mapping, determining OS OpenData strategy, the management of web technologies and APIs, or gaining insight into the new innovative ways others are using OS data, graduates are actively helping shape the future of Ordnance Survey (OS) at home and abroad.

Ordnance Survey has teamed up with publishers Laurence King to release a new book, The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain.

September

OS is to help deliver the London Counter Fraud Hub, a project that could save London tax payers £60 million over nine years.

Ordnance Survey’s (OS) iconic road map series OS Road returns this September after a seven-year hiatus.

July

Geovation, an Ordnance Survey (OS) initiative supporting corporations, SMEs, start-ups and individuals using geospatial technology and data to create innovative new products and services, invites applications for the next batch of Geovation Programme members.

Ordnance Survey (OS) and CompeGPS are pleased to announce a new partnership to release a range of outdoor activity GPS units.

The Lake District tops a league table of the nation’s favourite outdoor routes in Great Britain. The new league tables are compiled from 10 years of routing data from Ordnance Survey’s digital outdoor products.

June

A new digital map of every publicly accessible greenspace in Scotland will be released in March 2017.

OS returns to map making origins to celebrate 225 years of adding value through data.

Adventurers and fundraisers planning to complete the Three Peaks Challenge can now travel lighter thanks to the new OS Three Peaks map.

May

Galileo's Public Regulated Service has been delivered via the 'cloud', paving the way for its automated use by the security and emergency services.

Kieran Murphy has been appointed as the new Non-Executive Chair of Ordnance Survey (OS) by the Business Secretary Sajid Javid.

Ordnance Survey has teamed up with Crimson Publishing’s popular Pathfinder walking books to re-launch the range as OS Pathfinder Guides this spring.

Martian astronauts of the future now have help touching down thanks to Bolton Marketing Manager, Paul Marsh, who has won a competition to have his Mars landing symbol design on all future Mars maps Ordnance Survey (OS) make.

Peter has over 15 years’ experience in developing and delivering international business strategies to support business objectives of both start-ups and global corporations.

The most accurate and up-to-date geographic data now available for the first time in new application suitable for BIM projects.

Ordnance Survey produce the most detailed mapping app to be your complete guide to the outdoors.

Each year everyone at Ordnance Survey (OS) has the chance to nominate, and then vote for, a corporate charity which the organisation will support for the next 12 months.

April

Today (25 April 2016) staff from Ordnance Survey, plus two little helpers, visited Princess Anne Hospital to present Holding Little Hands with a £25,885.85 donation, after 12 months of fundraising activities.

Ordnance Survey, EDINA and outdoor adventurer Steve Backshall have teamed up to launch an exciting wildlife and mapping competition for primary school children.

OS is to supply mapping, geographic data and insights to UK Power Networks and Northumbrian Water in a contract worth £4 million.

March

Last December OS, with support from Southern Water, United Utilities, the Environment Agency and The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), launched its latest Geovation Challenge, asking developers and start-ups for sustainable ideas that improve how Britain manages its water use.

The latest calculations from Great Britain’s mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, reveal that Ben Nevis is taller than originally thought. Britain’s highest point will now officially appear on all new OS digital and paper maps as 1,345m and not 1,344m.

Accessing digital maps has never been easier thanks to the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) – a centrally funded licensing agreement between Government and Ordnance Survey.

Ordnance Survey is to create a Smart City standards-based technologies business framework for the European Union’s ESPRESSO project.

February

The Digimap for Schools service has reached a new milestone with 1,000 secondary schools now signed up.

New consortium led by Ordnance Survey secures Government funding to position the UK as a leader in connected and autonomous vehicles.

607 paper maps, the most detailed digital data picture of Great Britain, and now one red planet using NASA open data; Ordnance Survey has created a one-off paper and digital map of the Martian landscape.

If Smart Cities are to work for their citizens and communities, the private sector needs to make more of its data freely available, concludes a report by BSI (British Standards Institution) and Ordnance Survey (OS).

Ordnance Survey has begun an exciting new project that sees 15 people take on the challenge of making us a more outdoorsy and adventurous nation.

January

Outdoors enthusiasts can build impressive collections of Ordnance Survey maps, but it often means they’re not using the most up-to-date maps to get outside and explore Britain. Up until 20 March, OS is offering avid explorers the chance to return their old maps and receive money off new map purchases in return.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has signed a deal with the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Defence to help the National Survey Authority (NSA) advance its position as Oman’s national mapping authority.

Forget splashing the cash and extravagant gifts this Christmas – according to our study what we really want from friends and family is something personal and thoughtful. Whether it’s a jar of jam or chutney, a book or something crafty, research revealed 9 out of 10 of us say the most important part of a... Read More The post Personal touch – what we really want this Christmas appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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GeoTech masterclasses are a popular series of events organised by the team at our Geovation Hub in Clerkenwell Green, London. These workshops are not to be missed and book up quickly and it was on a chilly November evening that the Hub played host to the GeoDataViz (GDV) team. Kicking off the session was Charley Glynn... Read More The post GeoTech masterclass: GeoDataViz appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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For many years OS mapping has helped to define your land in law. What constitutes your land in law goes beyond your property and land ownership. It is more than just the actual earth beneath our feet within what we know to be the physical boundaries and buildings. Nowadays the registration of title to land... Read More The post Registers of Scotland: What, exactly, is your land? appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 1 week ago

Wondering what to get the map-lover in your life this Christmas? Thinking that they have more than enough maps packing their shelves? How about books about maps, loving maps, walking the countryside and more? We’ve come up with five books that all mention Ordnance Survey and are, to some degree, about OS, maps and/or exploring... Read More The post 5 books for OS map fans appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 2 weeks ago

By Nigel Clifford, Ordnance Survey Chief Executive    It was great to see ‘geospatial’ highlighted in the Autumn Budget on Wednesday.     Geospatial data already supports a wide range of economic activity and there is a significant opportunity to generate growth through more effective, co-ordinated use of the vast range of geospatial data captured and managed on behalf of government. In light of this,... Read More The post Autumn Budget announcement on Geospatial Commission appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

The Year of Engineering launched at Allenby Primary School in Southall, Ealing last week and our surveyor and air camera operator Roger Nock was on hand to inspire the children. The Minister of State at the Department for Transport, John Hayes CBE MP was at the Primary Futures event along with volunteers from the world... Read More The post OS at the launch of the Year of Engineering with Primary Futures appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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Guest blog by Niraj Saraf, Urban Innovation Lead, Innovate UK Innovate UK’s mission is to help the UK economy grow by inspiring and supporting pioneering UK businesses to create the industries of the future. We do this through funding risky innovation projects and through connecting innovators to opportunities and resources, and my role within the... Read More The post £185,000 available to develop, launch and scale greener, smarter Geovation ventures appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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We’ve been working with Glasgow City Council (GCC) since 2013, supporting their journey to become a world-leading smart city following funding through Innovate UK. Throughout, we’ve been demonstrating the power of location data in the technologies and decision-making needed to create a smart city. Our data, provided through the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) has... Read More The post Locating Glasgow as a world-leading smart city appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 3 weeks ago

Whether it’s people buying the essential maps and outdoor equipment to help them enjoy the great outdoors, or searching for the perfect gift, our online store is attracting shoppers from around the world. The shop, which opened in 1999, has sold items to people in 40 countries, including Panama, Madagascar, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Guatemala.... Read More The post From Argentina to New Zealand – it’s not just Brits who are buying from the OS shop appeared first on Ordnance Sur

Blog | 4 weeks ago

Ordnance Survey International (OSI) is working with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and the World Bank to build the geospatial capacity of Tanzania. You can find out more about it in our recent news release. We recently held two high-level geospatial policy seminars to explore the benefits... Read More The post Sharing geospatial expertise in Tanzania appeared first on Ordnance Sur

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