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January 2, 2014

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Top ten stories in 2013

As 2013 has drawn to a close we thought we’d take a look back over the last year and see which blog articles you all enjoyed reading the most. We cover a wide range of topics from map reading skills and walks in the great outdoors to how councils are using our data to grit the streets – so let’s see which came out top…

1. Map reading skills – we ran a series of articles in March covering grid references, using a compass and map symbols and they proved very popular. The good news is that you can brush up on your skills by reading the articles again here. We’ll also be running another series of free map reading workshops at Cotswold Outdoor stores across Britain in 2014 – watch this space for dates and times.

Looking up Southampton Water in the Minecraft map of Great Britian

Looking up Southampton Water in the Minecraft map of Great Britain

2. Minecraft map of Great Britain – one of our interns, Joseph Braybrook, used some of our OS OpenData products to create a scale map of Great Britain in Minecraft – and we released it for free download. The map proved hugely popular – take a look at the world and its 22 billion blocks for yourself.

3. Map design: a list of helpful online resources – our talented Carto Design team pulled together a list of the tools and resources that they refer to and use regularly and sorted them into four categories: colours, fonts, symbols and map inspiration. Read More