13
Jan
2021

Meet the team: Joel Perren

Photo of Joel Perren.Did you know, we’re currently recruiting for our IT Trainee programme? Adding to our series introducing you to the talented people within OS, meet Joel Perren. As an Associate Technician on the IT Trainee programme, here he tells us more about his journey and life at OS…

Tell us a bit about yourself

After finishing my master’s degree in Geographical Information Systems, I worked for two years as a Transport Planner. I really enjoyed the programming I did at university and in my subsequent job, so I decided to start looking for roles in software engineering. As I didn’t have any formal education in computer science and only a small portfolio of programming-related work, I wanted an entry-level or trainee role where I could learn on the job.

Why OS?

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6
Jan
2021

National Parks 70 anniversary photo competition

In 2019, we created a poster to commemorate 70 years since the 1949 Act of Parliament that began the family of National Parks in Great Britain. This year, we are holding a competition to celebrate the 70 anniversary of two of their oldest landscapes – the Lake District and Dartmoor National Park.

In August 2020, we looked at the top OS Maps walking spots since the easing of the first Covid-19 lockdown. We were not surprised to see that the top 10 routes were all based in National Parks, with the Lake District claiming an impressive 6 of them.

Great Britain’s National Parks have always been popular places to visit, but the challenges of 2020 have truly reinforced their value and highlighted the importance of greenspace. What better way to celebrate them than featuring your brilliant photos on the covers!

The competition

Lake District landscape

Lake District landscape.

We have teamed up with our friends at the Lake District and Dartmoor National Parks to find two front cover images for the new edition OS Explorer maps for both parks. Read More

29
Dec
2020

Top 10 blogs of 2020

A big thank you to all of our readers. It’s been a challenging year for everyone in the world and we know it’s been hard to think of anything other than Covid-19, so we hope our content has offered you some form of distraction even if for only a few minutes.

Publishing the content you want to read is important to us, so every December we find out the most read blogs from the past 12 months. This enables us to understand what we should focus more on and it will help inform many of 2021’s projects.

As chosen by you, here are your top 10 OS blogs of 2020…
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22
Dec
2020

Our GeoDataViz team’s favourite maps of 2020

In terms of news, 2020 has been an interesting year to say the least. We have seen a lot of maps, charts and data visualisations to support these news stories and, as you’d expect, the most common topics covered have been Covid-19 and the US Presidential race.

Here in the OS GeoDataViz team, we love how maps can draw you into a news story and keep you engaged as you scroll through the narrative. For the second year in a row, we’ve compiled our favourite geo data visualisations of 2020 (please note this list is not exhaustive!).

The first 3 entries to this year’s list include maps and visualisations that have been made to report on a news item. Each story is important, but they are not related to Covid-19 or the Presidential race. We think it’s fair to say these have been covered enough already this year, so for this reason we have chosen not to include any in today’s list.

Time is running out to save the last of the world’s rainforest, Bloomberg

This news story from the team at Bloomberg uses a range of maps to support its narrative. It’s a chilling tale that charts tree loss in Brazil between 2000 and 2019 and the animated maps that are used to highlight the problem work magnificently. They are subtle and impactful with some beautiful labelling and annotation.

Time is running out to save the last of the world’s rainforest, Bloomberg.

 

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17
Dec
2020

Meet the team: Sarah Driver

Photo of Sarah visiting the flying team.

Sarah visiting the flying team.

As part of our series to introduce you to the individuals within OS and share the variety of work we do, meet Sarah Driver. As a Senior Production Manager, she gives us a glimpse into her OS journey…

How long have you worked for OS?

After spending 3 years in the private sector as a land and building surveyor, I joined OS in July 2018 as a Field Surveyor. After completing the 2 months of training at the Southampton headquarters learning our capture techniques and specification, I joined the East Midlands team.

I got offered the opportunity to work with the specification team in July 2019 for 3 months. This brought me back to Southampton and allowed me the opportunity to widen my network while learning more about our vastly complex data capture specification.

This experience helped me secure a development opportunity as the Production Manager of London and Thames Estuary in January 2020. I managed this area while our National Cyclic Revision process was hitting the capital. It was a tough 3 months, but the team worked extremely hard to deliver the 4000+ site visits across the city all while maintaining our other work streams for our customers. Read More

15
Dec
2020

An OS Developer summary

Since launching the OS Data Hub back in July as part of the new Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA), it’s been a busy six months here at OS. From hosting tech deep dives to creating tutorials, we’ve been working hard to ensure we make it easier than ever to find, access and use our data.

What is the OS Data Hub?

The OS Data Hub is the new way to access our authoritative location data. It is replacing the current OS ordering systems (OS OpenData Portal, OS Orders and API shop) with one platform and a single sign on.

OS Data Hub screenshot.

OS Data Hub screenshot.

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8
Dec
2020

Using the OS Data Hub in Iventis to plan major events

Iventis is transforming the way complex operations, such as major events, are planned and managed. For this week’s #OSDeveloper blog, they have been kind enough to tell us how…

Iventis provides a collaborative planning platform for the organisers of the world’s largest and most complex events. With events such as the World Cup or Olympic Games, operations can span whole cities and countries. As a result, event organisers require access to both detailed local mapping and lower scale data to develop their plans.

This is where Iventis comes in. By using the OS Vector Tile API to fetch mapping data and integrating this with CAD and BIM imagery, we are able to provide a seamless and powerful mapping experience.

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3
Dec
2020

OS graduate wins award for colour blind friendly mapping

Photo of Jessica BakerHosted by the Royal Geographical Society, on 11 November 2020 the second Geography in Government (GiG) awards took place. Here, our outstanding graduate Jessica Baker details the work that won her the Contribution to the Profession award…

The GiG awards aim to celebrate and recognise the work of members of the geography profession across the civil, crown, and public sector. In January 2020 I submitted my work on colour blind accessible mapping for the Contribution to the Profession category and I was delighted to be shortlisted and go on to win. Read More

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