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Gemma

24
Oct
2016
1

What if…you could be our next data scientist?

Our graduate recruitment scheme for 2017 launched this month and we’re looking for graduates who want to change the world. Our Consultant Data Scientists will have the chance to get stuck into what we do, right away. We think that’s more important than sitting in training courses.

You’ll get exposure to all parts of the business, working with different teams to get to know what we do, how we do it and who our customers are. We’ll get you started on the most interesting projects, and give you the space to innovate and deliver to make a real difference.

You may be surprised at the wide range of projects we’ve worked on. Take a look at these five examples to gain an insight into OS and the work we do.

1. We’re making Oculus Rift games

A split screen version of the virtual reality Ben Nevis

A split screen version of the virtual reality Ben Nevis

We created a virtual reality Ben Nevis; Britain’s highest mountain, and gamified it for Oculus Rift, and Google Cardboard. Not content with turning OS data into a Minecraft world (see more below), our OS Labs team created a virtual Ben Nevis to explore on Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard. In Oculus Rift, our developers created a game where players race against the clock to find a hidden trig pillar. For those without access to Oculus Rift, our dev team built a virtual reality tour of Ben Nevis. You can try it out on iOS and Android along with Google Cardboard to experience the virtual reality 3D affect. Read More

19
Oct
2016
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Promoting mindfulness with the #GBColouringMap

We launched The Great British Colouring Map with our publishers Laurence King last week and have been thrilled with all of the lovely things you’ve been saying about it. As well as being beautiful to look at (we would say that), the #GBColouringMap can actually have health benefits, as colouring has strong links to mindfulness.

The Solent Mind team and users receiving their donation from Laurence King and OS

The Solent Mind team and users receiving their donation from Laurence King and OS

Our corporate charity, Solent Mind, run regular art therapy sessions at their wellbeing centres. Users of their service can draw, paint, colour and tap into the relaxation benefits. Neil Wilson at Solent Mind said:

Colouring is a simple and effective way to calm the mind and occupy the hands – it’s a wonderful option for creating a state of peace. This gentle activity where you choose the colours and take your own time to create your picture, can help focus the mind on the present, and promote wellbeing, blocking out negative thoughts.

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12
Oct
2016
0

OS graduate scheme 2017 open for applications

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Whether it’s developing GeoTech solutions, creating next-generation 3D mapping, determining future OS OpenData strategy or the management of web technologies and APIs, graduates are actively shaping the future of OS. Since 2012, 16 graduates have joined OS and we’re now recruiting for 6 new graduates to join us in 2017.

Our CEO, Nigel Clifford, says: ”It’s rare to have the opportunity to create something that will improve and change the lives of a whole country. It’s even rarer to aspire to do this globally. This is the opportunity graduates joining OS have. As an organisation we aim to give Britain what it needs to be the smartest nation around, supporting innovation, the economy, national security and the planning of the entire country. We are keen to see that other countries are not left behind, and so offer our technology and expertise to ensure they can afford to create a 21st century geospatial support system for their citizens, businesses and governments. Graduates play an important role in making this happen and taking OS forward.”

What if…you could be our next data scientist?

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10
Oct
2016
3

Win a copy of The Great British Colouring Map

GB Colouring Map COVER FINALYou may have heard that we teamed up with publishers Laurence King to release a new book, The Great British Colouring Map: A Colouring Journey Around Britain. And it’s out today!

One year on from our release of a series of downloadable colouring-in maps created using OS OpenData, comes a full book of OS maps to colour. The book will take you on an immersive colouring-in journey around Great Britain, from the coasts and forests to the towns and countryside. Expect to see iconic cities, recognisable tourist spots and historical locations across England, Scotland and Wales via the 55 illustrations. It also includes a stunning gatefold of London. Read More

6
Oct
2016
1

Making life easier for field workers

By Daniel Slater, Sales Director, emapsite, OS Partner

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Zeno 20

One of the typical bugbears that field data collectors face every day is ensuring they can capture the essential information they need in the most cost-effective way.

Time on site can rapidly mount up when you can’t find fast, accurate answers to your queries straight off.

If you work for, say, a housing association, utility company or other organisation with large property holdings, the practicalities of data collection can prove costly.

It was with this common concern in mind that we came together with our friends at Leica Geosystems on a journey to help.

As you may know, Leica Geosystems make really powerful field control devices that are used all over the world. A prime example is the Zeno 20 handheld GNSS data collector. It’s a rugged, high-accuracy field device that everyone can use.  It runs on an Android operating system and it’s designed to help users collect and manage GIS and asset data. Read More

3
Oct
2016
0

Accessibility mapping

SelfieTake a look behind the scenes at the type of project an OS intern can work on.

We’re Khushaali and Jon and we’re graduates from The University of Southampton in Geography and Computer Science respectively. We’ve spent 12 enjoyable and interesting weeks at Ordnance Survey on an internship in the Product Development department.

The brief

After spending a few days getting to know people and learning about OS we were given our project brief: ‘to develop a product that aids and improves mobility and enables OS to be a part of mobility.’ In response to this we’ve created a dataset that provides accessibility information for users on a multi-modal journey, known as MAD (Mobility Accessibility Dataset).

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Overview of process to create MAD

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30
Sep
2016
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Marking Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee

JubileeBookThis year marks the 225th anniversary of OS, giving us a map-making history to be proud of. Over the years we’ve amassed quite a collection of artifacts, many of which are dotted around our Southampton head office – including a Ramsden theodolite in our CEO’s office and a copy of the 1801 map of Kent in our Business Centre. Watching the current ITV adaptation of Victoria, we were reminded of another stunning historic item, the Jubilee Book.

Compiled in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, the book showcased the changes and innovations that had taken place at OS during the Queen’s reign. Director General Sir Charles Wilson presented the original volume to Queen Victoria at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight in 1887. Two further copies were made, one retained with OS in Southampton and the other going to Ordnance Survey Ireland. When our head office was attacked in the Southampton Blitz, our copy was sadly destroyed. However, to mark the opening of our (then) new head office at Maybush, Ordnance Survey Ireland gifted us their copy, which we keep safe to this day. Read More

28
Sep
2016
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Mapping Benali’s Big Race

On Sunday 2 October, Southampton FC legend Francis Benali starts his challenge to run and cycle to every English League Premier and Championship club. Franny is building on his 2014 challenge, where he visited the 20 Premier League football grounds, by running 50 miles a day for three weeks and raising over £265,000 for Cancer Research UK.

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Photo courtesy of Benali’s Big Run

This year he plans to go one better and to break the £1 million barrier for Cancer Research UK with his challenge:

  • 44 stadiums in 14 days.
  • 100 miles per day.
  • 26 miles running and the rest cycling.

How are OS involved in Benali’s Big Race?

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21
Sep
2016
1

National Map Reading Week coming in October

logo-small-landscapeHands up if you’d like a chance to top up your navigation skills! For the first time we’re holding a National Map Reading Week to help you stay safe when you #GetOutside. From 17-23 October, there will be map reading workshops and a host of fantastic resources, from videos to handy guides, readily available on our site.

Why are we holding a National Map Reading Week?

We always want you to stay safe when you’re out and about exploring Britain, but news stories over the summer talking about an increase in Mountain Rescue callouts started us thinking. While we still sell 1.9 million paper maps each year, we know more and more people rely on GPS devices and apps to navigate, we even have our own app, OS Maps. But – for safety reasons, we would always recommend carrying a paper map, a compass, and knowing how to navigate. It really could be a life-saver. Read More

15
Sep
2016
3

Where does blockchain sit in the geospatial world?

By Rollo Home, Strategic Product Manager

For 225 years we’ve worked with governments, private industry, and individuals alike, since the data we produce touches and connects the lives of everyone in the country. We know the location of every road, water network, mast, residential and commercial address and the type of terrain, plus much more. And this data is invaluable for identifying areas of risk, to improve planning and services and more. Put simply location is the glue that holds disparate pieces of information together in a single logical view of the world.

Traditionally this information has been shared with people in the form of a (digital) map, but the world moves on and we’re preparing for a new ‘data driven’ future where machines rather than people will be the primary consumers of our data. Rather than a person querying the data for some form of insight, it could mean in simplistic terms, a computer running some route optimisation analysis, based on a trigger from a sensor (Internet of Things (IoT)) measuring traffic and/or customer demand, for which it would retrieve the necessary data from an OS server. This means restructuring our data around explicit references to objects. The map will remain, but simply as a derivative representation of the data. Data will be king. And that requires a new way to deliver data.

The University of Manchester shown in the emerging 3D context model based on point clouds derived from aerial photography

The University of Manchester shown in the emerging 3D context model based on point clouds derived from aerial photography – delivering digital data to people rather than machines

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