20
May
2016
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Geocaching for #TrigPillar80

We’ve been thrilled at your response to our #TrigPillar80 celebrations over the last month and are loving looking at all of the photos you’ve been sharing with us on Twitter and Instagram. We’ve also heard from some of you who are on a trig bagging challenge. Here, Gerry McGarry tells us more about his geocaching and trig adventures…

Gerry and friend!

Gerry and friend!

Over the last couple of years, I have visited geocaches that have been hidden close to trig pillars. This led me to investigate trig pillars and I discovered some interesting sites on the internet, especially trigpointingUK. I then discovered that there is more to old Ordnance Survey markers than the pillars and encountered bolts, rivets and other interesting OS markers. Close to the end of 2015, I noticed that I had found 85 pillars during that year and I upped my game and bagged exactly 100 pillars during 2015. Read More

12
May
2016
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Upcoming events at the Geovation Hub

Over the past year, the Geovation team has organised and hosted several successful startup and geo-based talks, workshops and meetups – both at the Geovation Hub and nationally. From our GeoTech Masterclass technical workshops; to informal knowledge-sharing ‘Meetups’, these popular free sessions aim to stimulate creative thinking and innovation, through the use of Geographic Information.

So, what’s in store for the coming weeks ahead?

Taking Agile beyond IT (meetup): 18 May, 6.30–8.30 pm

global_400662012.jpegNext Wednesday evening, “Taking Agile beyond IT” will be the topic of the night for this meetup. We’ll talk through the myth behind Agile being strictly a useful working practice for IT based roles. A number of case studies from global financial institutions and other businesses will be covered, highlighting how to drive adoption of Agile working amongst businesses that have no involvement in IT or software delivery.

Sign up here

Branding for Startups (workshop): 25 May, 5.30–7 pm 

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10
May
2016
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#GetOutside with a FREE beginner’s map-reading and compass workshop

If our blog series on map reading skills whetted your appetite, why not sign up for a map reading workshop this summer? We’ve teamed up with Cotswold Outdoor and they’re hosting 15 sessions at stores across Britain.

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The workshops are free to attend and are delivered by Ordnance Survey experts, one of our talented field team will present at each session. The workshops are aimed at beginners and we want you to leave with the confidence to enjoy exploring the outdoors with a map and compass. Read More

6
May
2016
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Win a copy of ‘The Mapmakers’ by John Noble Wilford

mapmakersIt will be no surprise that we love a book about cartography and maps through the ages and have enjoyed leafing through ‘The Mapmakers’ by John Noble Wilford, a Folio Society edition. His history of cartography presents the exploits of those great pioneers and adventurers who for millennia have been expanding our knowledge of who, and where, we are. He charts the progress of cartography from the silk maps of ancient China and the circular ‘T-O’ maps of the medieval world, right up to modern maps of the planets and the still unmapped mountains of the sea floor.

Throughout the ages new technology – compasses, sextants, theodolites, chronometers, aeroplanes, radar and satellites – have transformed the way we measure our surroundings, and explorers have constantly pushed the borders of the known world, filling in the blanks as they go. John’s book shows the impact of these cutting-edge technologies that have allowed cartographers to go from the edge of the known world to the deepest reaches of the universe. Read More

5
May
2016
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Try OS Maps for free

Psst…did you know you could access OS Maps for free with our seven-day trial? We’re celebrating the full release of our multi-platform map service by giving you the chance to try it out and access maps for the whole of Great Britain.

If you haven’t heard of it before, OS Maps gives casual walkers, ramblers, runners, cyclists, mountaineers and other outdoor adventurers a way to plan and discover Britain. The free app includes our standard and aerial mapping to plot routes on, but with an annual subscription you can unlock a range of extra features – and try them for free for seven days in our trial. Read More

3
May
2016
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How can OS data help with safe routing for HGVs?

The debate around safe routing for HGVs has been a hot topic for some time. A standard satnav doesn’t contain the detailed information needed to route a HGV – giving the driver, or transport company, the height, weight and length restrictions that will avoid those all-too-common news items where vehicles become trapped under bridges or in tight corners in country villages.

Last year, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP announced a £3 million Department for Transport (DfT) and OS project to help create a digital road map giving the most detailed information yet to councils and emergency services. The new product would have the potential to transform how all levels of government maintain and improve roads by detailing information such as traffic calming measures and height and weight restrictions. Alongside this planned product, plans were announced for an entry-level open data version of the road map to be made available. So what’s the latest on these products, and which product is best for those wanting safe routing for HGVs? Read More

29
Apr
2016
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Sign up for Lordshill 10k on Sunday 26 June

Guest blog by OS Running Club Chairman Baz Newman

The Lordshill 10k has been going for quite a few years now and is put on by the Lordshill Road Runners running club but for the past three years it has been run from OS head office.

OS Running Club at the Lordshill 10k

OS Running Club at the Lordshill 10k. Chairman Baz is back row wearing sunglasses.

The race is a 10,000 metre route from OS, out into Nursling and then onto Lee before coming back on yourself and running through Nursling and coming down Redbridge Lane to the finish at the OS flagpole. Read More

27
Apr
2016
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#TrigPillar80 winners picked

First things first, a massive thank you to everyone who has joined in with our #TrigPillar80 celebrations over the last week or so. We’ve been thrilled that so many of you share our loved and appreciation for the trig pillar, and particularly with the hundreds of people who have shared their favourite trig pillar photos with us on Twitter and Instagram so far.

If you missed it last week, catch up on our celebrations, find out about the inner workings of a trig pillar, read about how we survey today, meet Britain’s top trig-bagger, and try out some trig pillar routes recommended by our #GetOutside champions.

But now it’s time to announce the first four winners of our #TrigPillar80 T-shirts…

Week four #TrigPillar80 T-shirt winners – 17/05/16

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