OS OpenData Award – 2013 Winner Revealed

Ordnance Survey sponsors and judges one of the British Cartographic Society (BCS) awards and this was its maiden year as the OS OpenData Award. The award is given annually to encourage excellence in cartographic design and the innovative and exciting use of OS OpenData.

The award is announced and presented at the gala dinner of the annual BCS symposium which was held last night at Hothorpe Hall Hotel in Leicestershire.

Vanessa Lawrence, our Director General, had earlier delivered a keynote speech at the symposium in a special 50th anniversary session that included presentations from the heads of each of the five British mapping and charting agencies.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2013 OS OpenData Award is Parallel. At the ceremony last night, Vanessa presented the award trophy, along with certificate and prize, to the winning entrant Ashley Clough of Parallel.

Parallel are a company creating websites, apps and maps and their award-winning entry is entitled ‘OS OpenData backgrounds and overlays for interactive UK healthcare visualisation’.

It is a contextual web map ‘zoom stack’ in a consistent style with boundary overlays, built using open source tools and the following OS OpenData products: OS VectorMap District, Meridian 2, Strategi, OS Terrain 50 and Boundary-Line. They have also used our Linked Data service for the search tool.

District-level base with Lower-layer Super Output Area (LSOA) boundaries © Parallel 2013

Parallel’s base mapping in use by one of their customers, SHAPE © SHAPE/Parallel 2013

The base mapping has been visually styled as background for presentation of point, area and boundary data. It has been optimised for web delivery utilising multi-layered tile outputs, enabling ‘on-the-fly’ composition with other data sources. It has been produced using a variety of open source tools including PostGIS database, QGIS editing, TileMill layer creation, MapBox hosting and delivery and Esri-Leaflet JavaScript API web integration.

The excellent cartography and styling of the base mapping © Parallel 2013

We also awarded a commendation certificate to runner-up Caroline Robinson of Clear Mapping Co. She used OS StreetView and OS VectorMap District to produce some wonderful hand-drawn maps based on the style of old (c.1900) Ordnance Survey maps as estate office props for the film ‘Summer in February’.

Screenshot from the title sequence. © Summer in February Ltd 2013

The estate maps during their creation. © Caroline Robinson/Clear Mapping Co

We were very pleased to receive such a mixture of uses and we hope that this continues as the use of OS OpenData, and hopefully the number of award entries, continues to grow.

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