26
Jun
2019
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Get to grips with OS APIs at our clean energy workshops 

Throughout July we’re running a series of OS API workshops around Britain to help you get to grips with OS data and understand how geospatial data can support clean energy initiatives.  

The free two-hour sessions involve hands-on work with our OS Maps and OS Places APIs and you’ll be able to increase your geospatial skills and find out how to make the most of OS data. Our Geovation team will be hosting the events and will share how their customers and partners are using OS data and how the team can support SMEs. Our Consultancy and Technical team will lead the API workshops to share their expertise in using OS data.  

We’ll use the workshop to focus on a specific problem space relating to clean energy, exploring solutions through the use of geospatial data and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), which make data more accessible.   

What the OS API workshop covers 

  • Learn more about APIs – introduction to APIs, why they are important, terminologies, how to use them 
  • Optimise the value of OS APIs 
  • Get hand on practical advice on using APIs – how they work 
  • What else OS is planning with APIs 
  • Understand a specific problem space which relates to clean energy 

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25
Jun
2019
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The Green Space Index

We first got involved with Fields in Trust in the run up to the publication of OS Open Greenspace, our dataset of greenspaces in urban and rural areas and including parks, playing fields and sports grounds.

Fields in Trust is an independent charity that champions and supports parks and green spaces in the UK by protecting them for people to enjoy endlessly.

The Green Space Index has enabled Fields in Trust to take stock and analyse publicly accessible local park and green space provision within Great Britain (around 216,000 ha) for the first time.  It has been created to support their evidence-led approach calling for parks and green spaces to be revalued for the benefits they contribute to society and protected for future generations to enjoy.

South West screenshot of the Green Space Index.

It follows on from their Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces research in 2018 which demonstrated that these green spaces across the UK provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits. Additionally, this product offers the charity a baseline, so future iterations of our greenspace data will enable them to track trends in provision and population over time. Read More

17
Jun
2019
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100 years of getting people outside – celebrating Ellis Martin

OS map cover with artwork by Ellis MartinIf you’re a fan of old maps, you might have seen some of Ellis Martin’s work. The map cover artwork in the 1920s and ‘30s was often created by Ellis Martin, who joined OS in 1919. Those maps with Martin’s distinctive drawings helped establish OS as a leading outdoors brand, something worth celebrating 100 years on.

With the anniversary already in mind, it was quite a coincidence to receive an email saying: “When clearing out a relative’s house, I came across a painting done by the artist who illustrated your map covers, Ellis Martin.” Read More

12
Jun
2019
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OS Data Hub

Our vision to deliver a single customer portal to provide easier access to OS products and services is continuing at pace. In the 12 months since work began on opening up OS MasterMap, we’ve been busy working with customers and testing the OS Data Hub. The design and build of the new developer portal is aimed at providing an easy to access service for our customers. It will replace our current OS OpenData download pages and the API shop, to give our customers:

  • Access to free API services up to a threshold and allow users to purchase credit for further access
  • A place to manage their accounts and view their data usage
  • The option to download OS OpenData products
  • Access to data in new and improved formats
  • Feedback on errors and omissions in OS data
  • A simple way to navigate to product information, an improved API document store, community support and help FAQs

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11
Jun
2019
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Meet the team: Layla Gordon

Continuing our series to introduce you to the creative individuals within OS and share the variety of work we do, meet Layla Gordon. As a Research Scientist, here she gives us a glimpse into her extremely varied role…

How long have you worked for OS?

14 years. I first joined as a research scientist to work in the remote sensing team in the research department. After 7 years of working within research, I was asked to join the technology labs team as a tech labs engineer. I also joined the mobile team on a secondment basis for 6 months in between research and tech labs transition.

How long have you been in your current role?

About a year ago the tech labs team merged with the CATS team, so I became a research scientist again!

Can you describe your working day?

I am often on Meshmixer/Blender as well as meshlab for editing and the creation of 3D objects. Also I have two weekly meetings to attend with PocketPals and I also help manage the backlogs and communicate with the team throughout the day. Read More

6
Jun
2019
4

OS and ONS release report on the geography of Britain’s high streets

When you’re out shopping, you might think it’s easy to define a high street and where it starts and ends. But is it that simple? Can a town have more than one high street? Is the road called High Street in your town still the primary shopping area? Or has the purpose of the road shifted over time?

Graphic asking where is Britain's longest high street

We’ve been working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to define and analyse Britain’s high streets. Together, we have been working out how many high streets there are in Great Britain, what types of properties and businesses are on high streets, as well how the number of businesses and employment has changed in recent years. Read More

31
May
2019
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Places of Poetry: ‘your places, your poems, our national story’

As maps can be relevant to pretty much any subject, we are very fortunate to be able to support some amazing projects – and Places of Poetry is no exception!

Have you ever explored the outdoors and found yourself inspired by the beauty around you? Or have you found yourself poring over a map and had a place name spark your imagination? From iconic historical sites to places of personal significance, the Places of Poetry project invites you to write poems and pin them to their map!

Places of Poetry is asking us all to think about the history and environment around us. Through creative writing, the aim of the project is to celebrate the diversity, heritage and personalities of places across England and Wales to prompt reflection on our national and cultural identities. And of course, no project with a sense of place would be complete without an OS map!

The map consists of two layers: an artistic map, based on decorative seventeenth-century county maps, and a second layer of Ordnance Survey data, allowing users to zoom in to a high level of detail. Read More

21
May
2019
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OGC CityGML Hackathon

If you’re a developer working with urban 3D data, you won’t want to miss this event! Organised by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), you are invited to the OGC CityGML Hackathon in London.

Hosted by us on 11 & 12 June 2019 at the Geovation Hub in London, we will be providing a wealth of 3D city model source data to be transformed into CityGML 3.0. This will include 3D data created for the CityVerve project in Manchester.

An OGC Hackathon is a collaborative and inclusive event driven by innovative and rapid programming with minimum process and organisation constraints to support the development of new applications and open standards. Drawing on the outcomes of the OGC’s CityGML Standards Working Group, the hackathon will allow participants detailed insight about the current plans for CityGML. Please note the hackathon is open to anyone – OGC membership is not a requirement!

Agenda

First issued in 2008, CityGML is a well-established and implemented OGC standard. In this hackathon, participants will experiment with and validate the current draft conceptual model for the upcoming version 3.0 of CityGML. This can either be done with source data that participants bring to hackathon themselves or with source data made available by Ordnance Survey and other data sponsors such as CityGML 2 files, mesh models and Building Information Models. Ideally, participants should have some knowledge of CityGML / OGC Geography Markup Language (GML), 3D modelling or city modelling. Read More

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