2
Feb
2017
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Why you need a location strategy – part two

In this two-part article, I want to show organisations how to go about creating a location data strategy. The business operations of many organisations revolve around location. Whether you are thinking about your supply chain, asset location or customer address, location affects everything.

In part one, I looked at how you could express your business objectives in terms of location and what questions you should ask to frame a strategy. In this second part, I move on to describe some of the practical steps you can take to move your strategy forward.

Decide how to join the location data back to your addresses

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1
Feb
2017
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Report a Flooded Property app for emergency responders

All year around, Britain’s emergency responders need to be ready to deal with crises and disruptive events –from natural disasters to deliberate attacks. The emergency response community can access a secure information-sharing platform called ResilienceDirect, which is underpinned by OS location data through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA).

Flooded houses

Flooded houses

At this time of year, the weather can make natural disasters more likely. Following the extreme weather of December 2015, the government set up the National Flood Resilience Review to assess how the country can be better protected from future flooding. Read More

30
Jan
2017
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Why you need a location data strategy

When I wrote about ‘Why you need an address master data management strategy, I highlighted how organisations could gain better control of the address data they hold. There are many reasons why you would want to do this; better addresses can streamline operations, reduce errors and waste and even lead to new business opportunities.

A25CBD6B-0AEE-4A35-A455-EF7737524669For many organisations, their main activity is reliant on location, which is often expressed as an address. A delivery company needs to find an address to deliver goods; a mortgage lender wants to value the property found there; a utility company needs to deliver underground services there; an insurer wants to know the risks surrounding it.  An address by itself cannot tell you any of this, but it can be used to unlock other location data.

Organisations who want to gain advantage by using location data should take a structured approach and start by creating a location data strategy. In this two-part article, I’ll explain the steps you need to take to get started. Read More

27
Jan
2017
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Mapping showcase at the British Library

Indoor AR

Indoor AR

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 Flying Unhit as you haven't seen them before - come along to find out about an exciting new craft  project going up for auction

Our Flying Unit as you haven’t seen them before – come along to find out about an exciting new craft project going up for auction

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.

 

Plus, you’ll be able to colour in our giant floor map and we’ll be unveiling a crafty project before opening it up for auction.  Read More

25
Jan
2017
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Which English county has the longest coastline?

Our Media team were recently asked to confirm whether Essex was the English county with the longest coastline. That should be easy enough, right? We have some very talented geographic information (GI) analysts at OS and a database containing over 450 million features across Great Britain. But it’s not actually that simple. The length of the coastline can be a very contentious fact. Here’s why.

Essex

Firstly, the length of the coastline changes on a daily basis. With changing tides across the days and during the seasons, we get a higher tide or a lower tidal point – which affects any measurement on the length of coastline. Read More

23
Jan
2017
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MP puts new hospital developments on the map

Our surveying team were given a helping hand to capture the latest changes at Southampton General Hospital on Friday. Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, joined our surveyor Tony Vanderhoek to officially add the new hospital multi-storey car park to the geospatial database for Great Britain. During the visit the surveying duo also captured the modifications to the entrances at both the main hospital building and A&E.

Alan Whitehead MP and Tony surveying the hospital entrance

Alan Whitehead MP and Tony surveying the hospital entrance

Every day thousands of updates and amendments are made to Britain’s geospatial database, which contains over 500 million geographic features. We use a team of 250 surveyors, supported by aerial imagery, to survey and map the changing face of the nation. Using the latest GPS technology, our surveyors can map to centimetre accuracy, ensuring that Great Britain remains one of the most accurately mapped nations on the planet. Read More

18
Jan
2017
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#GetOutside on a volunteer day

Everyone at OS can use a paid volunteer day to help local community projects or support the corporate charity. Our Glasgow team got together to continue their outdoors lifestyles and support Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. The team explain more…

Just after dawn eight willing volunteer surveyors, past and present, travelled from all points West, forming up in a remote part of Renfrewshire, within Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. We met up with Haylie, our dedicated Park Ranger, at the park centre. She told us how the park provides daily and weekly outdoor learning opportunities for local schools and disability groups. And, how the Country Park secured funds from local and national businesses to fund small projects. During the day we were shown a new ‘dipping’ pond built after securing £10,000 from a national supermarket. When completed, a boardwalk will provide wheelchair access, an excellent addition to the park.

Some of the team at work

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