We have to say, the Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival is a truly unique event. It focuses on several societal and environmental issues and, throughout the five day festival, those involved apply design thinking techniques to try and solve them.
Naturally, we have jumped at the chance to get involved. As geospatial data and mapping experts, we are addressing the issue of whether an underground map of the UK can be created. As part of the ‘Combined Underground Infrastructure Map’, we will be leading a sprint team to explore the possibility and consequent benefits of creating a collaborative underground dataset and map of the UK.
Are you a local authority, a utility company or a highways agency with underground assets? If so, you may be interested in our Project Iceberg industry workshop on 27 June.
Project Iceberg is a collaborative project between us, the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Future Cities Catapult (FCC) to explore how to better capture, collect and share data about underground assets and geological conditions.
Early in 2018 Ordnance Survey (OS) were approached by the Registers of Scotland (RoS) to support their Data Month, an internal event for RoS staff held in March to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice across the business. RoS is the non-ministerial government department responsible for compiling and maintaining 18 public registers. These relate to land, property, and other legal documents and include the Land Register of Scotland and General Register of Sasines.
Next weekend, 2-4 February, the CityVerve Open Innovation Transportation Hackathon will bring together developers, data scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, and makers to apply creative Internet of Things solutions to transport challenges. They will be making data and hardware from the CityVerve project available to use and there will be mentors on hand to help teams realise their solutions.
The challenges for the weekend will be based around two main areas of focus—cycling and bus stops. CityVerve are looking for solutions that will encourage and enable citizens to adopt cycling and buses as modes of transportation. The scope of these will include, for example:
- Using bike journey data and infrastructure data to better understand user behaviour.
- Identifying business opportunities from cycling data.
- Creating an aggregated booking platform for different bike hire schemes.
- Making bus stops innovative and interactive.
- Improving the experience of using buses for existing users and encouraging more people to use them.
There will be voice activated kit from the Talkative Bus Stops use case to hack—with the potential to see your solution trialled at bus stops across Greater Manchester as part of CityVerve.
Members from Ordnance Survey’s Geovation team will be supporting the hackathon by providing technical advice and mentorship, helping teams make the most of our range of developer tools and resources throughout the weekend.
Guest blog by the GEO Business team
Are you working at the cutting edge of geospatial developments? Are geospatial solutions having a major impact on the way you work now and in the future? If so, we would love to hear from you…
The GEO Business team, who organise the annual geospatial show held in London, UK are seeking revolutionary and thought provoking abstracts for a newly launched seminar programme that truly demonstrates the remarkable impact geospatial technologies and solutions are having on our global environment. The deadline to submit an abstract is 29 January 2018.
The brand new seminar programme will run alongside an exhibition of 200+ international exhibitors, a programme of commercial workshops, a strategic senior level conference and a variety of networking opportunities. The next show will take place from 22 – 23 May 2018 at the Business Design Centre in London, UK.
Guest blog by Gary Randle, UK Sales Manager, Cadcorp
If you work in government and want to maximise the benefit of geographic information systems (GIS) and web mapping, becoming familiar with Ordnance Survey (OS) data products is a good place to start. What OS products do we have? How do we best load and manage these products? How can these products complement our own business data? For this reason, at Cadcorp, we’ve been running free onsite Ordnance Survey Data Management Workshops for central government. The workshops are designed to introduce OS data products and offer practical advice about using and managing the data.
When customers first get access to OS products there are a number choices to make. The workshops are designed to help equip users with the knowledge to make the right choices for their organisation. For example:
- Background mapping or business intelligence
- Data stack and scales
- Styles and colours
- Flat files or database
- Direct access or web services
We’re delighted to see Geovation being awarded the ‘Geospatial Hub of the Year Award’ at the Geospatial World Forum Gala Dinner this evening. The Geospatial World Leadership Awards jury recognised Geovation’s leadership role in creating a centre of excellence to nurture startups, enabling spatial innovation and entrepreneurship.
With 13 exhibition halls in 8 venues across Las Vegas, CES provides a showcase for 6,000+ companies and 1,000 start-ups to demonstrate their future product lines and technology. It is the biggest consumer electronics show in the US, attracting more than 180,000 business visitors from around the world over four days. It is a place to generate new business, partnerships and funding, and OS’ John Cartledge was there to look at location opportunities in tech.
This year’s show seemingly covered everything in technology. From phones and accessories, as you’d expect, to augmented and virtual reality, to amazing glimpses of the future with brain to machine interfaces and driverless car technologies, smart city services, sensor tech, robotics and personal assistants, internet of things devices and everything else you could possibly imagine.
5G and the various broadband technologies that connect everything also played a major role, but it was the artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics that cut across everything.
GeoTech masterclasses are a popular series of events organised by the team at our Geovation Hub in Clerkenwell Green, London. These workshops are not to be missed and book up quickly and it was on a chilly November evening that the Hub played host to the GeoDataViz (GDV) team.
Kicking off the session was Charley Glynn who gave an overview of the team and the important role we play within OS. Our role involves making sense of complex data through compelling visuals and we do that through a number of different techniques and using a range of software.
To emphasise this Charley took us on a journey through some of our recent work including our visuals for the CityVerve project and OS Custom Made. You can find out more about our team and the type of work we do here.
Next up was Paul Naylor who introduced the new GeoDataViz toolkit, a set of assets and resources that can help with communicating data effectively through the design of compelling and informative visuals.
What is in the toolkit?
We recently held a hackathon with RNLI and Bournemouth Council and are pleased to report first hand that it was awesome! Read on for a flavour of the day, highlights of the successes and to share some of our experiences in organising a hackathon.
Every year, around 190 people drown in UK and Irish waters – half of them didn’t even intend to get wet. Drowning is a problem – and we need to solve it.
This was the premise of the event – a serious and very real problem that requires creativity and innovative ideas to help improve the situation. After months of organisation the hackathon arrived and it turned out to not only be a great day for all in attendance but also a real success with some fantastic ideas coming out of it. Ideas that show real potential and we are now excited to take the best of them forward.
There was a real buzz around the room as the team’s hacked away