A stunning development of new beach huts on the south coast has been added to our geospatial database ahead of the summer season.
The development, in Milford on Sea, replaces the old beach huts which were damaged and destroyed during a fierce storm on 14 February 2014. With building work on 119 beach huts and the surrounding area reaching a conclusion, it provided the ideal opportunity for our surveyor Joanne Lanham to officially capture and map the changes on the site.
The 2016/17 English Football Premier League season is over and what a great season it has been.
Chelsea are champions for the sixth time while Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull have been relegated. Tottenham Hotspur say a fond farewell to White Hart Lane after 118 years and finish the season in second. West Ham started life at the London Stadium and finished the season in a respectable 11th place.
To mark the end of the season, the GeoDataViz team have created a one-off visual of all 20 locations for each of the Premier League stadiums. Each of the stadiums have been mapped using OS Open-Map Local and styled using the team colours.
Have a look for your favourite team below in the final league table or view and download a poster of all 20 stadium locations.
The 2016/17 Premier League Table
Following a number of queries about our Boundary-Line OS OpenData product, please read our statement.
The primary purpose of Boundary-Line is to show the current operative administrative and voting boundaries within Great Britain. New boundaries are determined in accordance with Statutory Instruments and Community Governance Orders, which typically come into effect when elections are held (usually in May). Our product update cycle for the May release aligns with the dates that the changes to electoral and administrative boundaries become operative.
To maintain and update Boundary-Line, we need to process data received at different times, from many third parties, in differing formats within the production cycle. If we released Boundary-Line data ahead of schedule, the data would not have the benefit of going through the production processes which are in place to ensure that the data is accurate and reflects all of the available changes to the boundaries that we receive from local authorities.
Over the last few months, Geovation has worked with the utility industry to identify their biggest challenges in managing our underground assets. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an innovator or a developer we’re now inviting you to come up with solutions to tackle these real-world problems using location data.
As a result of consultations with senior figures from utility companies, the owners of underground pipe and cable networks, and those responsible for their maintenance, 55 problem areas have been brought to the surface. These have been grouped into 4 themes: Asset Location, Asset Management & Maintenance, Stakeholder Impact and Predicting Asset Future.
It is thought that through improved asset management and operations and the digitisation of records, production could be increased by 15% and profitability by 20-30%. Also revealed was the value of sharing data between utility companies and innovators to effectively resolve problems.
Guest blog by Amber Turner
Our original head office in Southampton was one of thousands of buildings that suffered terrible damage during the Southampton blitz on 1 December 1940. The bombing of the site sadly killed a mixture of hard-working civilians and Royal Engineers working for us at the time.
On this same day seventy five years later, we took part in a service dedicated to those who lost their lives during the world wars. After our move to Explorer House, the old memorial statue from Romsey Road has been renovated and moved to the Ministry of Justice, close to the original head office on London Road during the air raid.
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with military charity Walking With The Wounded to back its Walking Home For Christmas campaign in support of veterans who don’t have a home to walk to.
We’ve managed to secure 150 entry packs for this amazing festive outdoor challenge. To show our appreciation for the hundreds of people who have made a pledge to GetOutside we are offering them the first chance to secure a place.
Posted by: Steven Ramage
Over the last 20 years I’ve worked with Ordnance Survey as a partner, supplier and collaborator through various roles. In August 2012 I eventually became an employee, joining to create the new overseas business of Ordnance Survey International. The last couple of years have flown past and when I look back at what I started with just myself and Carsten Roensdorf, who is based out in Dubai, I have to say it has been an exciting ride.
Ordnance Survey International is now a good-sized team, working with organisations in various parts of the world and everyday facing interesting and challenging business demands. We set out with the initial goal of advising other nations of the value of geographic information and to help them understand how to build on this. Ordnance Survey has invested extensively over the last 12-15 years, learning many lessons along the way, and our role is to share those lessons and provide guidance to assist other nations to develop their capabilities quickly and sustainably.
One of those lessons is international geospatial standards. The most advanced mapping organisations promote, support and endorse the use of international geospatial standards, which allow interoperability of geospatial information, devices, applications, services and networks. Ordnance Survey makes an important contribution to international geospatial standards, the recent paper co-authored by myself and Gerardo Esparza from INEGI Mexico: http://ggim.un.org/docs/meetings/GGIM4/National%20Mapping%20Authority%20Perspective%20-%20International%20Geospatial%20Standards.pdf provides detail on the importance of geospatial standards from the national mapping perspective.
In addition to international geospatial standards development, Ordnance Survey International provides advice on business planning, policy development, pricing and licensing and technology acquisition – based on the real progress Ordnance Survey has made in these areas.
Our ability to guide nations in developing their own national mapping capability through alignment of business strategy and vision and addressing operational capacity and capability enforces Ordnance Survey as a very well-respected and high-quality brand, not only in Great Britain, but throughout the world.
We’re excited to be helping developers of mobile applications with our latest launch of our mapping software development kit (SDK), OS OpenSpace SDK for iOS devices.
It’s free and allows developers to quickly and easily add detailed Ordnance Survey maps to their apps on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It gives them access to the range of high quality datasets available within both the OS OpenSpace and OS OpenSpace Pro API.
Developers access OS Openspace through the new SDK and can easily select which products are displayed within their applications. These products include overview mapping for Great Britain, street level mapping featuring detailed building property boundaries and accurate road networks, vector based mid-scale mapping and the popular, and trusted, outdoor mapping product, OS Landranger Maps (1: 50 000), featuring national parks, tracks, paths and fields.
Over 150 senior leaders from mapping and cadastral organisations have gathered in Cambridge for the 2013 Cambridge Conference. Delegates arrived at Churchill College, Cambridge on Sunday and were greeted by glorious sunshine, making it one of the hottest conferences in its 85-year history. With the sun shining it made it the perfect afternoon for delegates to catch-up with international colleagues from around the globe and also provided an opportunity to meet new delegates in the grounds of the picturesque college.
A busy Monday began with our Director General and Chief Executive, Vanessa Lawrence CB, opening the 2013 Cambridge Conference. Vanessa welcomed the delegates to the conference and outlined the plans for the week. Vanessa expressed her delight in having this year’s Cambridge Conference coupled with the Third Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM3), which will be held from 24 to 26 July 2013, at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge City Centre.
Vanessa was followed on the stage by two keynote speakers; first up was Janet Williams QPM, Chair of Interpol’s Protection and Security International Experts Group and National Security Advisor for the Qatar World Cup 2022. Janet’s fascinating presentation looked at the need for detailed planning, diverse expert help, flexibility, creativity and humour when preparing for worldwide international events. Janet used a selection of great case studies from several high profile events including the Royal Wedding and 2012 Olympic Games. Next up was Executive Head and Chief Meteorologist, Paul Davies, from the Met Office. Paul discussed the challenges of forecasting in a changing world and the important role that authoritative geospatial information plays in forecasting and helping to prepare for extreme weather conditions. He was also able to give delegates an accurate weather forecast for the coming week in Cambridge!
Following the excellent keynote presentation the delegates had the opportunity to look around the exhibition area made up of our seven sponsors – 1Spatial, DigitalGlobe, esri, Infotech, Trimble, Hexagon and Oracle.
In 1854 a severe outbreak of cholera swept through the Soho district of London, resulting in the death of hundreds of people. Many believed the cause of deaths were linked to ‘bad air’, however a physician named John Snow was determined to get to the bottom of the devastating outbreak.
John Snow strongly believed that the deaths were linked to the local areas water supply and began to mark the locations of each death as a dot on a map centred on Bond Street (now Broadwick Street). The map highlighted large clusters of fatalities in the vicinity of the Bond Street pump, from where residents used to get their water from. Snow suspected that this water pump was the source of the outbreak.
In order to add more proof to his theory Snow added a further line to his map – an irregular shaped loop that marked the boundary between the Broad Street pump and other water pumps in the area. The new boundary line showed the residents and workers who could access the Broad Street pump the quickest.
The map now clearly displayed that the majority of deaths had occurred within the drawn boundary, reinforcing the fact that the Broad Street pump was the source. This map became the central piece of evidence that convinced the authorities of cholera’s waterborne transmission and of their need to improve the sewer system.