Our press team have been working with the BBC to put together a short film and radio broadcast about the role which Ordnance Survey carried out during World War 1. It’s supporting some activity, launched this week, on the BBC website and in quite a few of their programmes. We are also expecting the film to be featured on BBC South tomorrow evening as part of a series of features about the impact of the war on local people.
Ordnance Survey was formed in 1791; set up initially to map the south coast of Kent, when the British government was worried about a French invasion. However, in 1914, Ordnance Survey helped with the war effort, mapping the battlefields of France and printing some 33 million maps for use in the trenches in the four years of war.
In an increasingly competitive environment, customer experience is a fundamental business driver. One of the best ways to bring perspective of the customer to business decisions is by using data analysis to find correlations, isolate patterns and track trends to serve up the type of information to allow a company to tailor the customer experience for improved engagement and better profits.
If you have used OS OpenData and have 10 minutes to spare, then please let us know your thoughts. Your answers will help us to understand which products are especially important to you and why, together with what you think about the service and support.
We are pleased to announce that in line with the launch of our new website we have also created a scaled back Welsh language version to enable Welsh speakers to access key areas of our content. The Welsh site covers areas such as our Business products, Partner programme and Map Shop. Visitors are able to obtain high level information in Welsh before accessing the main Ordnance Survey site via direct links to the relevant areas.
We make 10,000 changes to our geospatial database every day in order to keep it as up to date as possible. We have a team of 250 surveyors who collect change across the country as well as two aircraft which collect highly detailed aerial imagery which is incorporated in to the database.
Many of the changes are small; changes to road layout and pavements or changes to individual buildings and new developments, but from time to time we need to survey something a little more unusual in order to make sure that we record everything you can see in the landscape.
Meridian2, Strategi and MiniScale updates are now available for download – https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendatadownload/products.html
- In Meridian2 data you will notice improvements for passenger railways and stations and removal of all the freight related data.
- Strategi now has simplified data supply structures across all formats.
- MiniScale specification has changed for place names. Alternative spellings of place names are now available in the EXTRAS layer of the Illustrator file.
Being a fan of mapping often runs in the family and there are a few people who work for us at Ordnance Survey who have relatives who also worked for us in the past. We are trying to pull out some stories about what it was like to work for Ordnance Survey during World War One (WW1) and would be really interested to hear from anyone who has heard stories from relatives or friends about working either here in Southampton, or on the battlefield mapping the trenches.
We ran a series of free masterclasses this autumn to help new and existing open data users to gain a greater understanding of open data and the tools and techniques to use open datasets. Following the success of the masterclasses across Great Britain, many of you asked to have access to the training materials.
We’ve now made these available on our website for you to download datasets, open source GIS and workbooks to take you through the exercises.