We recently hosted Business in the Community’s (BITC) Southampton Hub network. The Southampton Hub, launched at Ordnance Survey in October 2012, encourages local businesses to support local communities through partnerships and collaboration.
The event included a tour around Ordnance Survey’s new headquarters and a review of the work and initiatives undertaken by the Hub since its launch just one year ago. The session was introduced by Mike Brophy, Development Director, London, South and South East and Mike Toy, Community Impact Manager, for BITC, respectively, and chaired by Jayne Carrington Managing Director, Right Management Workplace Wellness and BITC Southampton Hub Chair.
To mark the launch of our new GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we encourage more active lifestyles in Britain’, the team recently polled 2,000 people to find out about the excuses the nation make for being inactive.
The research showed six in ten people use the excuse of being too tired while others also use the cold or wet weather, a lack of cash and even that they need an early night to get out of doing exercise.
Our 2013 series of masterclasses kicked off in Southampton on 7 November. We have since moved around the country with the road show and have had some great feedback along the way which will help us to make sure we continue to deliver relevant content at the right pace.
One of our attendees to the Southampton masterclass, Sarah Jeffries, the Parish Clerk Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield, had the following to say about the event:
The Cuillin Mountains of Skye in the Highlands of Scotland are renowned as having the most challenging mountain environment anywhere in Britain. These mountains contain narrow, complicated ridges where a day’s outing can require a mountaineer’s skill and knowledge to overcome their difficulties.
Picture: John Barnard on one of the two summits of Knight’s Peak. Photo taken by: Alan Dawson
Along with our partners, we are maintaining the focus on our ‘Unlicensed Data’ campaign to encourage land and property professionals such as surveyors, conveyancers, architects and developers to check that they are licensed and up-to-date when they use our location data. The campaign is again supported by RICS, Land Data, FAST and other leading industry figures and features a series of films which explain why it’s important.
Land and property professionals often do not know they are using out-of-date or unlicensed mapping data, but when wrong mapping data is used, professionals risk making decisions based on incorrect information. This has the potential for creating delays, conflict and increased project costs. It can also seriously damage a professional reputation, as the use of unlicensed copyright mapping can invalidate indemnity insurance and is a legal matter that can result in penalties.
We are really excited to be launching our 7th GeoVation Challenge today on the theme of ‘How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?’
As with previous GeoVation Challenges we are looking for great ideas which address the problems using geography, technology and good design. Ordnance Survey will be offering a slice of £100,000 to help develop ventures that make best use of our data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data to solve problems.
We were delighted to have been invited along to participate in BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival last weekend at Sage Gateshead.
Sage Gateshead is an iconic building, which opened in 2004, on the south bank of the River Tyne and hosts a range of musical education workshops, performances and conferences. It was a fitting venue to some of the country’s leading thinkers over a weekend which promised provocative debate, new ideas, music and performance.
Our Director General Vanessa Lawrence was invited to be on the panel for a session entitled ‘Why are maps still so powerful?’ along with author and academic Jerry Brotton – author of ‘A History of the World in 12 Maps’. Presented by BBC’s Rana Mitter, the radio interview was recorded in front of a live audience of around 200 map users.
Discussions are recorded for BBC Radio 3 and broadcast over the next three weeks or available to download.
As an organisation, we sponsor the charity MapAction. they provide mapping support in the aftermath of disasters where thousands of people can suddenly find themselves battling to save lives and livliehoods. Before aid agencies can help them, the first requirement is information. Which areas have yet to be reached? Where are the relief resources? Where are the people in greatest need?
MapAction delivers this vital information in mapped form, from data gathered at the disaster scene. Creating a ‘shared operational picture’ is crucial for making informed decisions and delivering aid to the right place, quickly.
Ordnance Survey support the charity, both with funding and occasionally with personnel. Recently our colleague Chris Phillips has been in Sudan to help provide mapping and information management services following the impact of the serious flooding in the country.Heavy rain and flash floods in several areas of Sudan had affected up to 530,000 people. Between 15,000 and 18,000 houses had been destroyed, with Khartoum being the most-affected state.