23
Jan
2018
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GEO Business 2018 launch call for abstracts

Guest blog by the GEO Business team

Are you working at the cutting edge of geospatial developments? Are geospatial solutions having a major impact on the way you work now and in the future? If so, we would love to hear from you…

The GEO Business team, who organise the annual geospatial show held in London, UK are seeking revolutionary and thought provoking abstracts for a newly launched seminar programme that truly demonstrates the remarkable impact geospatial technologies and solutions are having on our global environment. The deadline to submit an abstract is 29 January 2018.

The brand new seminar programme will run alongside an exhibition of 200+ international exhibitors, a programme of commercial workshops, a strategic senior level conference and a variety of networking opportunities. The next show will take place from 22 – 23 May 2018 at the Business Design Centre in London, UK. Read More

22
Jan
2018
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Free data management workshops for the Public Sector

Guest blog by Gary Randle, UK Sales Manager, Cadcorp

If you work in government and want to maximise the benefit of geographic information systems (GIS) and web mapping, becoming familiar with Ordnance Survey (OS) data products is a good place to start.  What OS products do we have?  How do we best load and manage these products?  How can these products complement our own business data?  For this reason, at Cadcorp, we’ve been running free onsite Ordnance Survey Data Management Workshops for central government.  The workshops are designed to introduce OS data products and offer practical advice about using and managing the data.

When customers first get access to OS products there are a number choices to make. The workshops are designed to help equip users with the knowledge to make the right choices for their organisation.  For example:

  • Background mapping or business intelligence
  • Data stack and scales
  • Styles and colours
  • Flat files or database
  • Direct access or web services

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18
Jan
2018
0

Do you know where to find your Nuncle Dicks or your Deadman’s Head?

What’s in a name? Do you know where to find your Nuncle Dicks or your Deadman’s Head? Here’s half a million reasons why OS is helping the Coastguards save lives

A distress call comes in. HM Coastguard swings in to action, time is of the essence, but the chances that the caller has a grid reference, post code, road name or the official title of a landmark is by no means certain. However the caller might well know the local nickname or vernacular for the location and when that information can be accessed immediately, then vital minutes could be cut off the time to save lives.

OS’ Jeremy Morley being interviewed about FINTAN

We’ve been working in partnership with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) using a technology which has helped Coastguard teams with more than 20,000 call outs last year alone. Read More

17
Jan
2018
1

Geovation Hub wins an award at #GWF2018

We’re delighted to see Geovation being awarded the ‘Geospatial Hub of the Year Award’ at the Geospatial World Forum Gala Dinner this evening. The Geospatial World Leadership Awards jury recognised Geovation’s leadership role in creating a centre of excellence to nurture startups, enabling spatial innovation and entrepreneurship.

The jury noted that “Geovation has successfully connected individuals and SMEs and created opportunities, envisioned solutions and brought differentiation to the UK geospatial fraternity.” Read More

16
Jan
2018
1

Location matters at CES

With 13 exhibition halls in 8 venues across Las Vegas, CES provides a showcase for 6,000+ companies and 1,000 start-ups to demonstrate their future product lines and technology. It is the biggest consumer electronics show in the US, attracting more than 180,000 business visitors from around the world over four days. It is a place to generate new business, partnerships and funding, and OS’ John Cartledge was there to look at location opportunities in tech.

This year’s show seemingly covered everything in technology. From phones and accessories, as you’d expect, to augmented and virtual reality, to amazing glimpses of the future with brain to machine interfaces and driverless car technologies, smart city services, sensor tech, robotics and personal assistants, internet of things devices and everything else you could possibly imagine.

Autonomous vehicles at CES

5G and the various broadband technologies that connect everything also played a major role, but it was the artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics that cut across everything. Read More

15
Jan
2018
3

GeoDataViz: map symbols

A map is a graphical visualisation of the world around us and is made up using a variety of symbols to help us represent that geography.

Maps use symbols to label real-life features and make the maps clearer. With so many features on a map, there would not be enough space to label everything with text.

Symbols can be small pictures, letters, lines or coloured areas to show features like campsites, pubs or bus stations. If you look closely at a map, you will see that it is covered in symbols.

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8
Jan
2018
3

2017: A year in GeoDataViz

As we start a new year we thought it would be a good time to reflect on 2017 and also look ahead to 2018. 2017 was our first year with the new team name, GeoDataViz, prior to which we had been known as CartoDesign. You can read more about the changes we made and the reasons why here.

Throughout the year we saw and heard an increasing number of things from many others that validated our decision to make these changes to our team. We always want to stay relevant and forward-thinking and we feel that we are really well placed to do this. It was much more than just a change of name for us – more a change of mindset and a new approach to data. We’re now more journalistic and we aim to tell compelling visual stories rather than just map topography. When working through a project we are now asking more questions, challenging requirements, digging deeper and looking for different angles to tease out narratives and insights.

One of our big achievements last year was the release of our GeoDataViz Toolkit (read more about the release here). Our toolkit is a set of resources that will help you communicate your data effectively through the design of compelling visuals. It is something that we developed and used ourselves throughout 2017 and it enabled us to be more efficient and consistent, allowing us to free up time to work on other things.

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3
Jan
2018
4

A virtual escape into mapping

Over the past months, the OS Labs team has been busy developing a GIS based educational game experience using the Oculus Rift virtual reality system.  The project is one element in a wider project that is exploring how both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can be used to present geospatial data in new and stimulating ways.  Read on for a little background on the project… 

Virtual reality, as a concept, has existed for many years. The first functional VR headset was built in the sixties, yet long before that, science fiction authors had already been daring to imagine such worlds.   The early 90s saw consumer-orientated VR products being developed, marketed and, in some cases, actually released for sale. However, that technology couldn’t meet people’s expectations, leaving many disillusioned.  More recent advancements in technology have put it back on the agenda. There is already a broad range of VR kit available for purchase, with more lined up for release in 2018. So, how might this relate to Ordnance Survey?  With a sense of ‘place’ being a key component in VR, it seems that there is some common ground to explore. Read More

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