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Developer team

17
Jun
2020
2

Thanks for taking part in our OS Data Hub trial

Since last autumn we’ve been asking people to trial our new OS Data Hub and our new APIs. A big thank-you to everyone who took part, we’ve had over 700 people sign up for the trial, use our APIs and download data. Since October last year we’ve seen:

  • 14,448 OS OpenData downloads
  • 15.5 million map tile requests for our OS Maps API
  • 1.5 million OS Features API requests
  • 1,464 API Projects created

All of this has helped us to shape the OS Data Hub and APIs through customer testing and feedback. We’ve already seen some innovative uses of our APIs, including a community support tool for people shielding from Coronavirus and stunning 3D visualisations of the Scottish Highlands. We look forward to seeing more creative applications in the near future. Read More

10
Jun
2020
3

All about OS MasterMap Topography Layer

Update: 1 July 2020, OS APIs now live and available via our OS Data Hub, sign up here

As Great Britain’s national mapping agency, we are responsible for keeping accurate, up-to-date location data and maps of GB for use by the private, public and third sectors.

We map GB’s topography, also known as “the arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area” (Oxford). Every day a team of surveyors, pilots and analysts explore the country to discover changes to the topography and in doing so, take measurements and record these changes in our database.

After much processing and organising, we make this available as the most detailed, current and comprehensive geographic dataset of GB: OS MasterMap Topography Layer. Read More

8
Jun
2020
3

Four open data products to help your data analysis

It’s been 10 years since OS OpenData first launched and we currently have 14 products for you to download and use free of charge as backdrop mapping or for data analysis. Did you know that it includes Royal Mail’s postcode data; administrative boundaries; greenspaces; and detailed basemaps? Find out about four OS OpenData products we believe can most help you. Read More

2
Jun
2020
5

Using Ordnance Survey’s world-class Leisure maps in your app

Update: 1 July 2020, OS APIs now live and available via our OS Data Hub, sign up here

Our OS Explorer Maps and OS Landranger Maps are iconic, and so are their digital counterparts! 1:25 000 Scale Colour Raster and 1:50 000 Scale Colour Raster can be downloaded as georeferenced image files for use on commercial terms – and they’re also available via API.

These maps have enjoyed a successful transition from paper to digital, and you can easily integrate them into your GIS, web and mobile applications. Alongside 1: 2500 000 Scale Colour Raster and Miniscale, they form part of our Leisure style which is available via our new OS Maps API. Read More

19
May
2020
2

Which geospatial API do I need?

Topo mapWe recently introduced our new range of Mapping and Data APIs which are available from the OS Data Hub.

In this week’s post, we want to help you choose the right one for your use case by presenting a series of user stories and recommending the API that is the best fit. In some instances, there will be more than one option and your choice may come down to experience, software interoperability, or preference.

Told from the perspective of the individual, a user story is a short description of a feature stating the requirement and the reason behind it. Interested? Read on to find out our use case advice. Read More

12
May
2020
9

A different perspective on the Highlands with OS OpenData 

Guest blog by Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield 

Thanks to the new Ordnance Survey Data Hub, it’s easier than ever for users to get their hands on the treasure trove of geographic data covering the length and breadth of Britain. In this article, I’ll explain how I used some of Ordnance Survey’s digital terrain model data to create a new map of the Scottish Highlands. I will also say a bit about the software and methods, and I’ve shared the data below so anyone who is interested can try it for themselves. But before that, let’s take a look back at the first ‘3D map’ of the Highlands.   

Extract of Alasdair Rae's Highlands map showing the Cairngorms

The first ‘3D map’ of the Highlands 

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5
May
2020
9

Introducing our new copy and paste code Examples

Update: 1 July 2020, OS APIs now live and available via our OS Data Hub, sign up here

To help you get started quickly with our APIs, we’ve been working on technical resources that go beyond documentation. This post introduces a key component of that – our new set of copy and paste code examples.

By copying and pasting the code from our new Examples you could have your first mapping application on your web page in just minutes. Examples range from adding a basic map, to extruding 3D buildings, to finding your nearest greenspace.

Data extract using copy and paste code examples

Showcasing the functionality of our Mapping and Data APIs, we’ve based our examples on well-understood, common usage patterns. They’ll help you get started and even stimulate ideas, giving you inspiration for new features to build into your own applications. Read More

28
Apr
2020
10

Useful tools for web mapping 

Maps are nice – and sometimes necessary – for many websites. But creating beautiful, usable, accurate maps can be tricky. There is a thicket of concepts, tools and data sources to navigate. 

Here’s our quick guide to some of the useful tools for web mapping out there to help web developers work with spatial data. 

As a note – here we’ll present resources roughly in line with the path spatial data takes from its origin to a user’s browser from the perspective of a full stack web developer: collect – manipulate – analyse – store – access – visualise. Also, this list is not exhaustive! Loads of useful tools for web mapping exist – this is more of a windscreen tour. 

Map extract with pin marking a location

Collect 

Data comes from somewhere, and spatial data is no different. Exactly how spatial data is captured and created is beyond the scope of this post – all we need to know is that raster images and vector features can be downloaded or fetched from several reliable, authoritative sources.  Read More

23
Apr
2020
11

Introducing our new location APIs

Update: 1 July 2020, OS APIs now live and available via our OS Data Hub, sign up here

This summer, we’ll be introducing a new range of location APIs that you can access via our Data Hub. They all give you access to OS OpenData, and the option to upgrade to premium data, and you can get started for free on the Data Hub.

There are different options for accessing and using OS data and which one you choose will depend on your use case. You may want to download datasets and have access to all the features locally or offline. Or you may prefer direct access to the maps or data you need, as and when you need them, via the internet – and this is where APIs are useful.

This is a short guide focusing on our new APIs, helping you choose the right one for your use case. Read More