In this blog we have been discussing the latest Geovation Challenge: ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’
Today it is the turn of one of our partners, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to give the perspective of policymakers. Nick Haigh, Lead Analyst for Water and Flood Management outlines the opportunities and challenges.
“We have recently announced #OpenDefra, our open data programme and the Geovation Water Challenge fits perfectly with this. We have data, but we also have problems: too much water, too little water, poor water quality, ageing infrastructure and the need for new water using behaviours. We are supporting Geovation because we hope the data, analytical and business community can take new and existing data sources – particularly those made available by our partner the Environment Agency – and use them to develop ways to solve water problems.
“Clearly right at the moment,too much water is at the front of our minds following the devastating impacts of record rainfall in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland lately. One particular challenge which has been highlighted through developing the Water Challenge has been urban flooding. Flood and water management involves lots of geographic data – how can we harness this to improve the way we plan, build and drain our towns and cities, making the best use of green solutions?
Our latest Geovation Challenge turns our attention to water, and the problems of ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’
We’re focusing on five key themes: too little water; too much water; poor water quality; aging water infrastructure, and; water use behaviour. Find out more about the problems we identified during the Problem Deep Dive here.
To help you to identify with the problems we uncovered, we created a persona for each of the themes. With the recent flooding taking place in parts of Cumbria, Carlisle and North West England, our attention is drawn again to the problem of managing too much water.
This week we launched our 9th Geovation Challenge ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’
In support of the Water Challenge, we’re announcing a further series of our popular free opendata masterclasses, with six dates throughout Britain. During the session, we’ll take a close look at open data available from us at Ordnance Survey, as well as the Environment Agency and others, revealing how the information can be used as a key ingredient to solving problems relating to the theme.
The latest UK passport design was released yesterday and we’re extremely pleased to see a range of mapping from OS OpenData across the pages.
Launched at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the theme for the new passport is ‘Creative United Kingdom’. A new passport design is launched every five years, with the new version featuring cultural icons such as William Shakespeare and Ada Lovelace as well as landmark structures like the Angel of the North and the Titanic Belfast.
Want to go to a free event on Tuesday 3 November in the heart of tech-city? Well, the team over at Geovation are running their second GeoTech masterclass open data workshop that will teach you how to use openly available geospatial data in a Geographic Information System.
During the three-hour guided workshop you’ll undertake a practical workshop that will show you how to access open data, including Ordnance Survey’s new suite of highly detailed OS OpenData products. You’ll learn how to load, style and use the data to gain insights and make conclusions around environmental problems.
The class, which will take place at the Geovation Hub on Sekforde Street in Clerkenwell, the new home for developers interested in innovating using geospatial data. The session will run from 17.30–20:00 and led by Kealan Freeman and Daniel Hall Ballester – geospatial consultants at OS.
We’ve just released the September 2015 update of OS VectorMap District. This free open data product is a versatile, customisable backdrop map for you to pinpoint particular locations, show boundaries and shaded-in areas.
Our latest release offers enhanced functionality and greater consistency with our other OS OpenData products, including OS Open Map – Local (released in April 2015).
The most significant change is the introduction of Functional Sites. These are areas of land which hold specific functions, such as air transport, education facility – school and higher, medical care, road transport and police station. You can see the location of these sites as point information in the example below.
There’s no end to the range of uses for maps – and not just for walking or planning either! Earlier this week, we debuted our maps for colouring in and now we’re talking about Minecraft maps after seeing two new releases this summer…
It’s been almost two years since the OS Minecraft map of Great Britain was released, with 22 billion blocks representing the 224,000 square kilometres of our country. In the first few months after the release, our Minecraft map was downloaded over 50,000 times. It even won us a Guinness World Record as the largest real-world place represented in Minecraft!
Guest post by summer intern, Jessica Fisher
Under the banner of OS OpenData are over a dozen products which vary in format, scale and design to offer the greatest flexibility and usability possible. These products are all freely downloadable from our OS website – and now there are new start-up guides to using a number of the products.