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Public sector

27
Apr
2020
2

How OS data is supporting the response to Covid-19

If you’re working with data to support a Covid-19 response, we can help you with location data analysis. And, did you know the public sector can access data and support from OS, free at the point of use? OS Principal Consultant Duncan Moss tells us more…

OS data is being used to respond to the pandemic, and much of this data is available now to the public sector under our mapping agreements, our partners and new customers. Read More

20
Apr
2020
3

How location can help you respond to Covid-19

Over the last four weeks we’ve been supporting a wide range of public bodies in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic (read more on our previous blog). Location data is playing an important role in underpinning decision making and helping to manage the crisis more effectively.

We are seeing members of the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) and One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) using our data in many ways, and when needed sharing this with third party organisations who are supporting their work. Through the terms of the PSGA and OSMA licences members have the freedoms to share data for specific projects, and we are pleased that location data is supporting as many organisations as possible during this crisis. Read More

31
Mar
2020
4

Using geospatial data to support crisis management and emergency response

Map showing use of Mapping for Emergencies in Cumbria 2018

How data can be used in Mapping for Emergencies – example from Cumbria 2018

Our Mapping for Emergencies (MfE) service supports the resilience community and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year at no cost to the user. Quick access to reactive geospatial support at any time, including outside normal working-hours is a key feature of MfE.

We’ve been running MfE for over twenty years and been called into action many times over that period. We’re often supporting localised responses to major incidents which occur at very short notice and are generally short-term. Recent examples include Toddbrook Reservoir and heavy snowfall in Cumbria.

The scale, scope, impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and represents a huge challenge to us all, both at home and at work. Read More

10
Oct
2019
0

We worked with TfL to help reduce vehicles striking bridges in London

We’ve all seen the photos of oversized vehicles, from HGVs to double-decker buses, who have struck low bridges and often caused traffic chaos in the surrounding areas. These strikes often happen multiple times in the same locations, despite signage noting the heights. To tackle this challenge, we’ve been working with TfL help reduce unnecessary traffic disruption from vehicles striking bridges across London. Yesterday, a free-to-use dataset to help combat bridge strikes was released by TfL. It will give freight and fleet operators access to detailed height restrictions on bridges and tunnels across the capital.

The height data was extracted from our detailed road network dataset, OS MasterMap Highways Network, with TfL manually including additional information to our data. We then worked with TfL through our Presumption to Publish process, available to all our Public Sector customers, to release the new dataset. Permission to release the data was obtained through our Presumption to Publish process, which is available to all our Public Sector customers.

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23
Sep
2019
1

Green Health Strategy

On 28 June 2019, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh & Lothian’s Health Foundation and greenspace scotland published Scotland’s first health board-led Green Health Strategy.

What is the Green Health Strategy?

The Green Health Strategy aims to fully realise the potential of the NHS outdoor estate and community greenspaces as a community health asset benefiting patients, visitors, staff and communities. It covers a range of Green Health activities as well as greening the NHS outdoor estate and encouraging access to greenspace close to where people live – find out more. Read More

16
Sep
2019
1

SEPA embrace digital transformation one application at a time

Guest blog by Simon Pattullo, Product Owner at Scottish Environment Protection Agency

If you haven’t heard of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), we are Scotland’s principal environmental regulator tasked with protecting and improving Scotland’s environment.

One key tool we use is Permitting and as such, our service needs to be efficient, so we’re constantly working to improve it. We have always been largely paper based, but this is changing. The progress we have made so far within our Permitting department has even won us an award. Read on to find out more… Read More

6
Jun
2019
5

OS and ONS release report on the geography of Britain’s high streets

When you’re out shopping, you might think it’s easy to define a high street and where it starts and ends. But is it that simple? Can a town have more than one high street? Is the road called High Street in your town still the primary shopping area? Or has the purpose of the road shifted over time?

Graphic asking where is Britain's longest high street

We’ve been working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to define and analyse Britain’s high streets. Together, we have been working out how many high streets there are in Great Britain, what types of properties and businesses are on high streets, as well how the number of businesses and employment has changed in recent years. Read More

2
May
2019
2

EA & SEPA support OS MasterMap Water Network – how does this benefit you?

Following the press release on OS MasterMap Water Network, Product Manager Jessica Gaskell discusses the product further in this guest blog…

As the first comprehensive, single dataset covering Great Britain’s watercourses, I am delighted to say that OS MasterMap Water Network has now become a full product!

The OS MasterMap Water Network product means the data on all the watercourses in GB will be in one place. It is a nationally consistent, topologically structured data of all GB’s watercourses. It identifies how our watercourses interact with each other through the detailed scale of mapping, direction of flow and the primary flow channels alongside giving key information into the characteristics of the watercourse including name, catchment information, gradient and width (to name a few!). Read More

28
Feb
2019
2

ScotLIS: Scotland’s land information service one year on

Guest blog by Registers of Scotland

Registers of Scotland is a non-ministerial government department that looks after registers relating to land, property and other legal matters. Two years ago Scotland’s Land Information Service (ScotLIS) was set up to transform our services and make land and property data more accessible to all.

Since then, the service has truly evolved. From early development through to launch, the ScotLIS team has very much focused on a customer-centric approach. An example of this is the initial user workshops held with a range of stakeholders, with customer collaboration continuing throughout the development lifecycle.

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