Top 10 mappy blogs for 2017

With less than a fortnight left to go in 2017, we thought we’d take a look back at the year and see which blog stories piqued your interest. Let’s countdown from 10-1 on the top mappy and geo-based blogs:

  1. Taking White Hart Lane off the map

We usually share stories about our teams adding new features to the map, but we also have to remove features from our database. London-based surveyor Tony Killilea was tasked with removing a football stadium from the map back in September…

  1. London National Park City map

A stunning new map was published by Urban Good showing London green spaces, using OS OpenData. The map of the capital shows over 3,000 parks, plus woodlands, playing fields, nature reserves, city farms, rivers, canals and all the spaces that contribute to London’s parkland. Find out how to win a copy below.

  1. OS turned 226 years old

On 21 June 1791, the Board of Ordnance purchased a new Ramsden theodolite, and this is seen as the foundation of our organisation. We were to begin a survey of England’s vulnerable southern coasts, worried that the French Revolution might sweep across the English Channel.

  1. Surveying the Colonsay Whale

It’s not every day that we add a whale to our maps, but surveyor Shaun McGrath did this year…

  1. Custom Made Britain

We analysed the data from all of your orders since Custom Made launched in February 2012, and our GeoDataViz team created a series of stunning visualisations to illustrate the most popular areas – plus we discovered that Foula was the only place in Great Britain not to feature on a Custom Made map.

  1. Carto tips: Using blend modes and opacity levels

Our GeoDataViz team take look at some examples of how we can use blend modes and opacity levels together to create effective data visualisations.

  1. OS Open Greenspace map launched

The data includes every public park and garden in Great Britain, every play space, playing field, golf course, tennis court, bowling green, allotment and more. You can download the data for your own analysis, or take a look online via our OS Maps service.

OS Open Greenspace showing Southsea

  1. Snowdon tops the list for Britain’s most trodden paths

Did you know that OS Maps subscribers added over 400,000 routes to the service in 12 months? We analysed the (almost) 400,000 public routes and found that Snowdon bags the top spot for most routes created.

  1. Roman Britain as you’ve never seen it before

We do love a different take on a map, and Sasha Trubetskoy provided that with his London Underground-style map of Britain’s Roman roads.

  1. Which English county has the longest coastline?

Our Media team were asked to confirm whether Essex was the English county with the longest coastline. That should be easy enough, right? We have some very talented geographic information (GI) analysts at OS and a database containing over 450 million features across Great Britain. But it’s not actually that simple. The length of the coastline can be a very contentious fact. Here’s why…

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