Cartographic Design on the web

We are pleased to announce that there are now pages devoted to cartographic design on the new-look Ordnance Survey website.

The main page introduces the subject of cartographic design and our ‘CartoDesign’ team.  It also gives us a wonderful platform from which to share our work, our cartographic design principles, and a wide range of cartographic information from our own stylesheets and blog posts to third-party resources. 

Map showcase links out to a gallery of our work on Flickr. A Pinterest board is also available.

Resources currently goes to our blog post on the subject. We have already begun work on a webpage to build upon this, a place to discover useful tools, books and websites related to cartography and cartographic design.

Cartographic stylesheets will take you straight to the pages on Styled Layer Descriptors (SLDs). We hope that this can soon include links to all Ordnance Survey cartographic stylesheets which at the moment are also available as ESRI Layerfiles and we are currently considering other formats including simple colour tables.

Thematic data is a term used to refer to data of specific subject matter. GeoVation provide a good list of thematic datasets forGreat Britain that can make good overlay subjects in maps.

OS OpenData Award is our contribution to the British Cartographic Society (BCS) awards, and is all about promoting cartographic design in conjunction with OS OpenData. Follow the link to enter our award or find out more information.

Recent blog posts is a feed of our most recent posts on the official Ordnance Survey blog.

With the launch of our new webpages, comes the official release of our cartographic design principles.

With the growth of open data and a boom in the open source and online industries, more people than ever before are delving into the world of cartography as maps are widely adopted by technologies and services as a form of data visualisation by people who may not have come from a traditional mapping background.

The Cartographic design principles will help you find your way around this world. You will find eight principles that we not only believe serve as the foundation for our own work but are intended to help anyone, from any background, achieve better map design. Each principle is supported by a real Ordnance Survey example.

The cartographic design principles are the first major part of a strategy to help people create better maps and the aim is that they form a part of a cartographic toolkit when used alongside the resources and styling support that we are currently working on. This is all being delivered through our webpages as an open resource.

These Cartographic Design pages can be accessed through the Resources section of the website or by using the shortened URL: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/cartodesign

For more information feel free to e-mail the team: cartodesign@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

1 Response

  1. I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and reporting!

    Keep up the excellent works guys I’ve added you guys
    to our blogroll.

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