If you’re a user of OS data, you may well have explored our GitHub page. For those unfamiliar with GitHub, it is a web portal where the 28 million users primarily share code and engage at a technical level. GitHub has been adopted by a large number or commercial and public sector organisations, so we jumped at the chance to create a page and work closer with users of our products.
Having been active on GitHub for a while now, we’ve been able to receive feedback from OS partners and other users (including those who were at our technical showcase event). From this, we’ve recognised there was a lack of navigation on the page that made it tricky to locate content.
As a result, we’re delighted to say we have now revamped our GitHub page to make it easier for users to find the support and resources that they need. All the existing content has been aggregated at a product level and has been migrated to a new consistent folder structure within Github to make it more user-friendly.
It is now easier to navigate at a product level where OS will be sharing code samples, stylesheets and demos. GitHub users will have access to tools to support them with use of OS products and build their skills with geospatial data.
The current technical support that is available to our users is limited so, alongside OS developers, our consultancy, technical and product teams will be sharing through GitHub and are keen to get users engaged.
Who is this for?
If you’re a user of OS data and want to know more about how to use OS products and/or be engaged more with our technical teams, this is for you.
If you’re an OS partner who is utilising OS Open Zoomstack and want to use one of our stylesheets to optimise the design or if you need guidance on our APIs or access some sample code, this is for you. This will meet the needs of developers across our different market sectors from our OS licensed partners to the start-ups working with Geovation or public sector organisations at both a central and local government level.
How does it work?
Anyone can sign up as a user and, whilst you don’t have to be logged in to view the content, you do need to be logged in if you want to interact with OS. From there, locating the information you are looking for is straightforward to find and it is easy to feedback and collaborate with other users. Streamlining our page will lead to more efficient use of developers’ time in being able to more easily maximise the use of the data.