20
Feb
2019
1

Meet the team: Isabel Sargent

Continuing our series to introduce you to the wonderful individuals within OS and give a snapshot of the variety of work we do, meet Isabel Sargent. As a Senior Innovation & Research Scientist, here she gives us an insight into everything from deep learning to filing patents…

How long have you worked for OS?

I started back in 2001, so, 18 years. After I finished my PhD and a couple of post-docs, I chose to spend some time cycling around The Netherlands and eating far too many stroopwaffels. Coming back and starting at OS with its core hours and line management was a bit of a shock, but I clearly got used to it.

How long have you been in your current role?

To be honest, I’m not actually sure. In some ways I’ve been doing this job for over decade, in others I’ve only been doing it a year. The title, responsibilities and department change often enough to keep me on my toes. Read More

6
Feb
2019
9

‘Make Your Mark’ interactive painted map

Working with Solent Showcase Gallery, we’ve supported Southampton-based illustrator and mural artist Nathan Evans in illustrating a map of Southampton on the floor. We caught up with Nathan to hear a bit more about his process and how he found painting a map…

As an artist specialising in typography, my work usually focuses on lettering. The opportunity to explore something new is what originally sparked my interest about the ‘Make Your Mark’ project. I work in lettering because you can create an immediate and clear connection with the viewer, and I feel this way about maps too. They seem to be able to seamlessly connect to an audience and evoke a pure emotional response to the sense of place that we all feel.

It was really exciting for me to have OS on board as a partner and, as Southampton is the home of their HQ, it worked perfectly to have their support on mapping the city. Read More

5
Feb
2019
6

Last year, we talked a lot about formats…

Last Spring, you may remember we embarked on a formats trial which saw nine of our products trialled in up to five new formats. Hundreds of you got involved and we were so grateful to receive lots of useful feedback on what worked for you and what didn’t.

Utilising the feedback from this trial, we started to look more widely at our product formats. When we released our new version of VectorMap Local in October last year, we made changes to our fulfilment processes to enable us to offer this in GeoPackage as well as GML and Raster formats to give you more choice. We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of our customers using GeoPackage so we’re delighted to know we are moving in the right direction. Read More

31
Jan
2019
3

Data Discoverability catalogues published

Last week we published our Data Discoverability with Geo6 blog, which followed one of four data-related projects being brought together by the Geospatial Commission to maximise the benefits of geospatial data for the UK. The Data Discoverability project is all about making it easier for current and future users of geospatial information to find out exactly what UK location-based data each of the Geo6 bodies holds.

Today we are excited to announce that as a result of the Data Discoverability team’s work over the last few months, the Geo6 have published 6 catalogues (one for each organisation) listing all the data we each hold. These catalogues are published in a CSV format on data.gov.uk to ensure they are visible and accessible to anyone who needs them. The OS catalogues alone hold over 1,200 datasets from zip lines to roads! This data represents the first stage in a longer process to unlock the value of geospatial data held by the Geo6, and we are publishing this now so that you can get involved in shaping the future work we do.
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28
Jan
2019
7

OS Open Zoomstack released today

OS Open Zoomstack is now available as a fully supported open data product. Thanks to the 1200 people who took part in our trial and gave us feedback and helped bring this product to life.

OS Open Zoomstack image

What is OS Open Zoomstack?

A comprehensive vector basemap of Great Britain, it’s fast and easy to use and takes you from national to local in one scroll of the mouse or pinch of the screen. It’s highly customisable and can be used in apps, on websites and even offline. Available as one file (in two different formats) our latest open data offering comes with styles, a simple data schema and guides to get you started. Read More

28
Jan
2019
7

What is a chronometer when it’s at OS?

Built around 1852, this precision timepiece on the wall at OS HQ has intrigued many of us here. According to the accompanying plaque, this Dent Master Chronometer was the standard on which all other mobile chronometers owned by OS were checked against before being used in the field astronomical observations by surveyors. An accurate knowledge of time is necessary in the calculation of latitude and longitude.

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23
Jan
2019
1

Data Discoverability with Geo6

Lisa Allen, Head of Data Management and Requirements in the OS Data Office, shares her insight on the recent Geo6 workshop.

As the first of four Geospatial Commission projects looking to improve the quality, accessibility and usability of all UK location-based data, the Geo6 recently held its third workshop on Data Discoverability.

Collectively known as the ‘Geo6’, this refers to a collaboration between OS, British Geological Survey (BGS), Coal Authority (CA), HM Land Registry (LR), UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and the Valuation Office Agency (VoA).

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22
Jan
2019
3

RED January at OS

Inspired by the life-changing effect that a physical challenge had on her mum’s mental health, Hannah Beecham founded RED January to help people boost their own mental and physical health. From humble beginnings in 2015 comes a growing community of 60,000 REDers who are not just running but taking part in a multitude of different ways.

Exclusively partnering with leading mental health charity, Mind, in 2017, Hannah has deservedly experienced amazing success with RED January and we couldn’t be happier being a part of it.

Alongside Solent Mind being our corporate charity back in 2017, our product manager Egbe Manners took part in RED January by herself. Being part of the running club at OS, others soon got on board for the next one. Three years on, we have over 60 OS employees taking part in this year’s RED January!

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