A big thank you to everyone who came along to the #DataMash at our Southampton head office. The data- and geography-themed unconference was a collaboration between OS and Defra, with around 150 attendees from across the Defra Group, alongside representatives from some of Defra data suppliers, data users, and IT providers.
Defra works with 33 organisations and 22,000 people (such as Environment Agency, Natural England, Rural Payments Agency, Animal and Plant Health, Forestry Commission) and a huge user of OS data as around 80% of the Defra group’s work has a geospatial element.
The overall theme of #DataMash was transformation towards being data driven, connecting geospatial data to government policy development and the implementation and monitoring of policy/citizen services
We’re pleased to announce that The British Cartographic Society (BCS) are collecting entries for their 2017 awards. Their range of award categories aims to recognize the very best cartographic work and scholarship from around the globe and entries are welcomed from all areas of the mapping community.
We provide the BCS with an award to encourage excellence in cartographic design and the innovative and exciting use of OS OpenData. Over the years, we have had some excellent entries including this winning entry from Ashley Clough at Parallel in 2013.
Guest blog by Geo Business
Join over 3,000 visitors from more than 50 countries at the highly anticipated and action-packed GEO Business event, due to take place at the Business Design Centre in London from 23-25 May.
Not only are the exhibition, associated meetings and commercial workshops free to attend, but the conference delegate fee has been kept to an absolute minimum from just £30* per day. Accessible for all, GEO Business encourages knowledge transfer and networking keeping visitor’s one step ahead in this fast moving industry.
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We’re heading to London on Friday to take part in a celebration of all things map, geo and cartographic at the British Library’s evening bash. But did you know that London used to be home to Ordnance Survey? Although we’ve spent the last 176 years with our head office based in Southampton, our early days were actually at the Tower of London.
We’re excited to be taking part in an evening event at the British Library with our London Geovation Hub colleagues. On Friday 10 February from 7.30 pm, the Library is hosting an eclectic evening dedicated to maps, atlases and all things curiously cartographic, set to a live soundtrack by special guest DJ Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne.
We’re part of a digital and analogue showcase of all things maps. Come along to see the team demo our work in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) mapping and see how indoor mapping can benefit us all.
Our cartography team will be talking about crowdsourcing and giving you a hands-on chance to show us what you would like to see on the London map. How would you draw a map to direct a friend? What landmarks or buildings do you navigate by? What names (or nicknames) for areas or buildings would form part of your directions? Come along to share your views about maps of the future.
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.
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.
It’s been nearly a year since we opened our doors to our Geovation Hub in London and in that time, we’ve held an assortment of popular free events. From running “GeoTech Masterclasses”, which are geography-based technical workshops designed to teach people how to access, use and analyse geographic data; through to holding more informative meetups that aim to connect likeminded entrepreneurs around specific business startup subjects – it’s been a busy year!
Over the past year, the Geovation team has organised and hosted several successful startup and geo-based talks, workshops and meetups – both at the Geovation Hub and nationally. From our GeoTech Masterclass technical workshops; to informal knowledge-sharing ‘Meetups’, these popular free sessions aim to stimulate creative thinking and innovation, through the use of Geographic Information.
So, what’s in store for the coming weeks ahead?
Taking Agile beyond IT (meetup): 18 May, 6.30–8.30 pm
Next Wednesday evening, “Taking Agile beyond IT” will be the topic of the night for this meetup. We’ll talk through the myth behind Agile being strictly a useful working practice for IT based roles. A number of case studies from global financial institutions and other businesses will be covered, highlighting how to drive adoption of Agile working amongst businesses that have no involvement in IT or software delivery.
Branding for Startups (workshop): 25 May, 5.30–7 pm
Guest blog by Geographers’ A-Z Map Company.
The inaugural MapSherpa Partner event was held at the Southampton head office for OS recently and it was a great success. With a good turn-out of business leaders in the UK’s map industry the attendees were treated to a wide-ranging presentation and discussion by MapSherpa on their Print On Demand solutions and Online Marketplace.
The discussions looked to the future and how MapSherpa solutions will improve customer experience and accessibility to the worlds mapping products. Enhancing the ability to create print on demand as well as custom maps in a much more efficient way was demonstrated by MapSherpa.