Our top ten for 2011

As 2011 draws to a close we thought we’d share with you our top ten most popular blog stories from the year. If you’re new to the blog, get a feel for the things we talk about; and if you’re a regular blog-reader, remind yourself of what we’ve been talking about this year.

And if there’s anything you’d like to see more of or any questions you’d like answered on the blog – let us know.

10. Know your grid references – for those of you who aren’t sure of how to take a grid reference – here’s a step by step guide.

9. All of a Twitter about mapping – a two week period of tweeting by our surveyors gave you a flavour of the work they do every day.

8. Mapping applications for your phone – location based applications are big business in the Smartphone market and none more so than apps using Ordnance Survey data.

7. The difference between UK, Britain and the British Isles – one of the most common mistakes people make when talking about geography in this country is to confuse the UK with Great Britain or the British Isles – a cardinal sin in the eyes of any true geographer!

6. Visualising geodata – bringing maps to life – a map brings information to life in a way far better than any spreadsheet or database could.

5. Maps for the colour blind now a reality – about the work Ordnance Survey was doing looking into maps for people with colour blindness, or Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) as it’s more accurately known.

4. Do you know your map symbols? – a great and fun way to brush up on your map reading skills.

3. Route of the week: Storey Arms, Pen-Y-Fan and a ridge walk – hands down our most popular walk this year. Try it out next time you’re in the Brecon Beacons.

2. The great swapathon – part of the Change 4 Life programme, the Great Swapathon is all about helping you make small changes in your life that will make a difference.

1. Changes to the OS OpenData licence – early this year users of OS OpenData heard that we incorporated the Open Government Licence, the new government wide licence, developed by The National Archives, which enables easy access to public sector information.

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