Everyone at OS can use a paid volunteer day to help local community projects or support the corporate charity. Our Glasgow team got together to continue their outdoors lifestyles and support Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. The team explain more…
Just after dawn eight willing volunteer surveyors, past and present, travelled from all points West, forming up in a remote part of Renfrewshire, within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. We met up with Haylie, our dedicated Park Ranger, at the park centre. She told us how the park provides daily and weekly outdoor learning opportunities for local schools and disability groups. And, how the Country Park secured funds from local and national businesses to fund small projects. During the day we were shown a new ‘dipping’ pond built after securing £10,000 from a national supermarket. When completed, a boardwalk will provide wheelchair access, an excellent addition to the park.
We relaunched our iconic road map series last September after a seven-year hiatus. The eight map sheets covering the whole of Great Britain were back by popular demand and it seems some of you are loving the bridge theme on the covers. Jo got in touch with our Customer Services team to ask about the bridge covers, so we thought we’d give you a quick run-down.
Our world is in constant danger from natural and man-made disaster. The risk of flood, famine, hurricanes, earthquakes and disease is ever present. We’re already seeing the impact of climate change in rising sea levels and extreme weather events. Aid budgets are stretched and volunteers under pressure. How can geospatial technology and tools be used to better global humanitarian response?
Using real data sets from real disasters, CrisisHack: 2017 will give you the opportunity to combine geospatial tools and technology to create solutions to improve global humanitarian response. You’ll be given a real crisis case study to stimulate your thinking around four user needs that have been validated by real humanitarian organisations.
Hands up if you were the lucky recipient of a copy of The Great British Colouring Map this Christmas? Or if you decided to treat yourself to a spot of mappy colouring in? We’ve loved seeing some of you sharing your photos on Twitter and Instagram of your pristine new books, and of progress as you get started with the colouring. And it gave us an idea for a competition…
2017 is set to be another big year for Geovation, with the team already planning the next Geovation Challenge. With the current challenge, underground assets, in full swing the team have kicked off the process of setting the theme, and most importantly the issues, which need addressing for the next challenge.
Today (4 January) the Geovation team are taking part in the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) to co-host a session with Shared Assets. At the event, we’ll be launching the concept of our next Geovation challenge, focusing on greener, smarter communities/greener infrastructure. The challenge will be unveiled in Autumn 2017 and will draw heavily on the new Greenspace mapping products which launches in Spring 2017.
Have you been along to King’s Cross recently? Our surveyor Tony Killilea has been there regularly to capture the many changes taking place.
King’s Cross Station itself has been restored to its Victorian magnificence, and can claim to be one of London’s architectural treasures. And behind it, 27 hectares of former industrial land are being given a bright new future by the developer, Argent, who rely on our OS MasterMap Topography Layer for their base mapping. The development, straddling the revitalized Regent’s Canal, features ten new public squares, theatres, cinema, school, an arts college, supermarket, restaurants, restored gas holders, a skip garden, swimming pond, hundreds of offices and two thousand homes. So it is truly a mixed development.
Looking ahead to New Year’s Resolutions for 2017? Trying to decide how to work off those Christmas calories? How about walking? Getting outside and walking in Britain is free, easy and accessible to most of us.
We’ve already seen 2016 prove to be a big year for the outdoor enthusiast with the nation either donning their running shoes or walking boots to #GetOutside.
With the year coming to an end we’ve taken a look back at the most popular destinations searched by walkers on our popular OS Maps online service. An amazing 1.4 million destination searches were carried out via our online version of OS Maps in 2016. So, where were people hoping to explore?
Inspired by our CEO Nigel Clifford’s interview with Civil Service World, we asked some of our senior team to share their highlights from the last 12 months and the challenges facing them in 2017. We started with David Henderson, our Director of Products last week. Next up is Alex Wrottesley, our Head of Geovation.
What was your highlight of 2016?
The highlight of my year was seeing the Geovation team step up and deliver a brilliant piece of work when I was unavailable without notice. It’s great to see our people developing and taking responsibility.
It has to be said, we do love seeing inventive ideas for old maps. It’s sacrilege to some, but old maps can be cut up for a whole range of different arts and craft uses. We’ve seen some brilliant uses recently on Instagram and thought we’d share our favourite five with you.
1. Christmas crafts
I’m sure we all love a mappy paper chain, but @sevarina took map Christmas decorations to a whole new level. Combining origami skills with some festive fairy lights to create a really personal Christmas decoration. Just make sure they’re not too close to the bulb if you try this at home.
The lights themselves. 20 origami waterbombs made out of an OS map of Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, then each one placed over a bulb on a string of fairy lights. Took quite a few hours to put together, but the end result is something both pretty and personal. #origami #origamiart #paperfolding #paperart #crafting #crafty #homemade #creative #fairylights #lights #bedroomdecor #decoration #maps #osmaps #Edinburgh #eastlothian #northberwick
2. Framed map prints
A lovely idea to highlight a place that is personal to you. Cut out an area you love, and box-frame it. Good for a first wedding anniversary too!