Supporting UK Youth with OS OpenSpace

One of our most in-demand teams at Ordnance Survey are Pre and Post Sales Support (PPSS), home to our talented GI Developers and Consultants.  The team help our customers and partners to get the most from our data, products and services. They then take the knowledge gained from working with customers and feed it back into the business to help us plan for the future. They also, in between their work with customers, create many of the OS OpenSpace maps we use on our blog.london_image

Recently the team have been working with charity UK Youth, who manage the largest network of youth clubs in the country. The organisation supports young people to learn and succeed outside the classroom through a national network of youth associations and through their own programmes.

The PPSS team have been working with UK Youth to create a series of maps for online and printed purposes. Using deprivation data, the location of youth clubs and overlaying it onto our data, the team have produced a series of maps (shown above and below) for UK Youth. These show regional differences in need and provision and have been invaluable in helping UK Youth Members to secure local funding to support their work. The maps have also proved to be useful visual aids for the team and are in many cases, now displayed in reception areas and meeting rooms for regular reference.


In addition to these maps, PPSS helped create an OS OpenSpace map for use on the UK Youth website. This replaced an outdated map with a poor search function.  The new map shows the location of regional groups which pay to belong to the UK Youth national network. . Through a simple postcode search, visitors to the members area of the website can find their nearest representative with the locator pins, customised to represent the different groups associated with the charity.

UK Youth were extremely pleased with PPSS’s help and said, ”The support provided by Danny and his team has been fantastic.  Our members love their regional maps which have brought much added value.  We have also shared this work with colleagues at the Cabinet Office who have welcomed this insight into national youth provision.”

If you would like to find out more about using OS OpenSpace and making the most of our OS OpenData products, visit our website.

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