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Nov
2018
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Meet the team: Lisa Allen

Continuing our series to introduce you to the amazing individuals within OS and showcase the variety of work we do, meet Lisa Allen. While Lisa is relatively new to OS, she has already made her mark. Here, she gives us an insight into her role in the OS Data Office and how she gives our data a voice…

How long have you worked for OS?

I am a newcomer to OS as I started in April this year. Before I joined I worked across Government on projects such as the Defra Open Data challenge and preparation for the Data Protection Act 2018.

What is your role?

I am the Head of Data Management and Requirements. Being part of the new data office and working for OS’s first Chief Data Officer Caroline Bellamy was an exciting prospect I could not turn down!

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14
Nov
2018
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Tutorial – visualising data in QGIS with the RNLI

In an emergency the importance of location is critical. Knowing the precise whereabouts of an incident can be the difference between life and death.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are the charity that saves lives at sea. Responsible for saving over 140,000 lives since their formation in 1824 they work with a dedicated team of volunteers, staff and community fundraisers. They allow us to enjoy our shorelines and water, safe in the knowledge that in an emergency they will be there to assist us.

There is a lot of data behind the lifesaving and in 2017 RNLI teamed up with ESRI to create an open data portal to help share some of this data.

Find out how to create a data visualisation like this using QGIS

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Nov
2018
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OS women and the Allied war effort 

We’re proud of our long heritage at Ordnance Survey (OS) and that our teams contributed to the war efforts in the 20th Century. We have a memorial at head office commemorating the 123 people who lost their lives from OS during both world wars and gather each year to remember them. We supported the war efforts in many ways, including printing 33 million maps to show trench positions during World War One.  

Commemorative panels on display at our Southampton head office, created by Ellis Martin

What you may not know is that in 1917-18, 46 women from the Overseas Branch of Ordnance Survey crossed the channel and arrived at the frontline to help set up a map making factory.    Read More

1
Nov
2018
3

OS Open Zoomstack workshops – book your place

By popular demand, our Geovation team will be delivering another series of geotech workshops across Great Britain. This time, they’re focusing the sessions on OS Open Zoomstack to help you embed OS Maps into your web, mobile and desktop application.

OS Open Zoomstack

We launched OS Open Zoomstack as a trial in July and over 900 people signed up to take part. We’ve seen over 1,100 downloads of the Vector Tiles, 900+ for GeoPackage and over 400 downloads of the PostGIS Export File. It’s been fantastic seeing OS Open Zoomstack being used, from building an interactive map in a day with Axis Maps to supporting a BBC article on rental prices across Britain and enhancing Pocket Pal’s mapping. Read More

30
Oct
2018
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Benchmarks added to OS Maps

While we’ve already celebrated the 25-year landmark since the last traditionally-cut benchmark was carved, we thought we’d carry on the merriment by adding them to OS Maps!

Yes, you heard right. So if you’re an avid benchmark bagger or just intrigued by geographical history, you’ll be delighted to know that, instead of downloading our benchmark archive, you can simply find them on OS Maps desktop. Not only that, but when you click on the specific benchmark, it will tell you which one it is and when it dates back to!

Screenshot of a benchmark on OS Maps near our HQ in Southampton.

What is a benchmark?

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29
Oct
2018
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We’ve released our first fully automated product

We’ve released our first fully automated product derived from large scale source data. At a single press of a button we can create a premium national dataset using the most up-to-date Ordnance Survey (OS) source data in just eight days.

We started work on the project in April 2017 to fully automate the map production of OS VectorMap Local. 18 months later, we’ve released the new automated derived version of OS VectorMap Local, a world leading first!

Why did we want to create an automated product?

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27
Oct
2018
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Jason Rawles shares his advice on staying safe outside

Accompanied with our tips on how to stay safe in the mountains, Mountain Rescue has forewarned hikers in England and Wales about being caught out on the mountain after nightfall in a Telegraph article this week.

Termed “benighting”, Mountain Rescue has said that with the clocks going back, there is an annual spike in walkers or climbers needing to be rescued around this time of year.

Due to rescues taking longer in the dark, October had the highest average number of rescuer hours last year. Across the board, the number of mountain call-outs has risen gradually over the last five years from 1,080 in 2012 to 1,467 last year.

“If you want to get out into the mountains and enjoy the same amount of daylight, you need to set out an hour earlier,” said Rob Shepherd, Mountain Rescue stats officer and a member of the team in Llanberis, Snowdonia, one of the busiest regions in England and Wales for rescues.

Below, mountain safety expert and OS GetOutside Champion Jason Rawles shares his tips for staying safe when outside at this time of year.

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