15
Aug
2018
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OS welcomes UK government’s call for evidence to be a geospatial world leader

The Geospatial Commission, created by the UK government in November 2017, is inviting geospatial players and beyond to help shape the UK geospatial industry with its call for evidence to be a geospatial world leader. It is hoped the public consultation will help the industry support economic growth and unlock further value, which is estimated to be in the region of £11 billion a year. The geospatial call for evidence will play a significant role in setting the UK’s future geospatial vision. It will focus on innovation, enhancing geospatial assets and driving investment.

Neil Ackroyd, interim CEO of Ordnance Survey, said: “OS has been supporting Great Britain’s geospatial needs as its core task over its long history and we’ve seen first-hand the crucial role accurate geospatial can play. Whether it’s in national resilience, planning and critical infrastructure, or ensuring ambulances turn up at the correct location, geospatial has always been there. OS is pleased to be able to support  the Geospatial Commission and we welcome this public opportunity to shape our industry and recognise the challenge to adapt and enhance our combined capabilities.”

In the past decade, as new technologies and innovative ways of thinking have emerged, we have worked on many ground-breaking projects that are being enabled by geospatial data, delivering services and solutions to nations, cities and communities. The role that geospatial can play in emerging markets is of course key to this consultation covering a breadth of opportunity from connectivity for citizens, through environmental stewardship to the new digital infrastructure required for the UK.  The announcement of the geospatial strategy is very timely and this consultation is a significant event to build on the UK’s recognised position as a world leader in this field, putting geospatial at the heart of policy and government service delivery supporting  future economic growth.

Find out more about the consultation and take part: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launch-call-for-evidence-to-be-geospatial-world-leader

8
Aug
2018
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Join us at the UK Mapping Festival

Celebrate the UK’s first ever Mapping Festival with a week-long programme of education, inspiration, entertainment and most importantly, maps! It’s being held in London from 2-7 September 2018.

The UK Mapping Festival (UKMF) will feature exhibitions, workshops, visits, social gatherings, seminars with Festival guests, and activities for families and young people.

There are three exciting conference days, around the themes of GeoTechnologies, Mapping for the Future and Imagery and Survey in a 3D world. Talks from leading specialists and industry innovators along with hands-on workshops allow you to hear about and experience some of the latest developments in our rapidly changing world. Read More

31
Jul
2018
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Our charity fundraising so far

Since announcing Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity as our corporate charity, we’ve been busy raising money – over £1800 so far!

We’ve organised an array of fundraising activities including a football tournament, cake sale, World Cup quiz and a charity run. We of course had a map sale too, but we’re sure you knew that! Below are just a few of our highlights.

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26
Jul
2018
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Pleasure pier quiz

As we begin the summer holidays and the heatwave continues, you may well find yourself heading to a beach with a pleasure pier. But which is the longest pleasure pier in Great Britain?

We’ve come up with the stats for the top 10 longest pleasure piers in Great Britain according to the National Piers Society, and we even have the dates of when they opened and original sizes of the ones which have had extensions.

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24
Jul
2018
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Our Flying Unit volumes increase as warm weather continues

While we have all been out embracing the heatwave at every opportunity, as a result our Flying Unit has had to contend with a busier airspace. As well as all the air shows at this time of year, when the weather is good, those with PPLs (Private Pilot Licence) are more likely to take to the air.

Despite this meaning they have to be extra vigilant, our Flying Unit has been making the most of this unique weather window with unprecedented results. The best way to demonstrate it is with the below graph. This shows the stark comparison of our flying season volumes against previous years. Read More

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