11
Aug
2020
1

Britain’s top walking spots since lockdown eased

In the months since lockdown restrictions around Great Britain began to be relaxed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Britons valued the chance to GetOutside. During that time, subscribers to OS Maps have logged almost 700,000 routes in the app, showing whereabouts in the country they’ve been outdoors.

We’ve analysed the data to identify some Britain’s top walking spots since lockdown eased. Read More

6
Aug
2020
1

Introducing our Data Principles

As the Head of Data and Analytical Services at OS, here Lisa Allen offers us an insight into our data principles…

Ordnance Survey is the national mapping agency for Great Britain, and we hold some of the country’s most valued geospatial data. Our data is woven into the very fabric of everyday life, right across Britain.

However, it’s not just geospatial data that’s important to us. As a data business, our corporate data is equally important.

We need to ensure that our customers can trust, find and use our data. We want to enable you to connect data through the language of location for greater insights, better decisions and smarter outcomes. Read More

4
Aug
2020
6

Creating your own vector tiles

As part of our developer series, we recently discussed the benefits of vector tiles in one of our previous blog posts.

OS Open Zoomstack and the OS Vector Tile API already offer some amazing mapping which can be used as the basis for overlaying other information. There are various ways to add data overlays to your base map including data received from Web Feature Services (WFS) such as the OS Features API or simply GeoJSON files which are stored on your web server.

Although both these options are perfect for smaller volumes of data (in terms of number of features and/or geometric complexity), sometimes it makes more sense to take advantage tiled vector data which can enable data of any size to be quickly rendered in your browser.

The OS Vector Tile API already offers a selection of data overlays but, with the right tooling and a bit of data processing, it is relatively straight-forward to generate your own.

In this blog, we are going to look at the steps involved in creating your own vector tile overlay using the parliamentary constituency polygons from the Boundary-Line dataset. Although we are using the parliamentary constituencies in this example, it is possible to swap in any of the administrative and electoral boundaries (or alternatively the entire dataset as demonstrated here). Read More

29
Jul
2020
2

OS urge people to stay safe this summer

OS is reminding people taking staycations this summer to be mindful and prepared of the dangers when adventuring outdoors.

It comes after Keswick Mountain Rescue reported there had been a surge of avoidable callouts after unprepared holiday makers got into difficulties while venturing up mountains in the Lake District.

Nick Giles, Managing Director of OS Consumer, said: “It is fantastic that more people than ever are getting outside and exploring Great Britain and here at OS, we want to make sure that everyone does this safely and enjoys their adventures.

“The biggest step to reduce the risk of danger is preparation and planning ahead. There are a few simple steps that everyone should take whether climbing a mountain or visiting a new beach.” Read More

28
Jul
2020
12

Comparing the past to the present with the new OS Maps API layers

As a Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland, Chris Fleet oversees the historical maps website https://maps.nls.uk. In this week’s #OSDeveloper blog, Chris offers us insight into his experience of the new OS Data Hub in the form of a guest blog…

We were keen to get our hands on the new OS Data Hub maps API layers when these were launched on 1 July. For the last ten years, the NLS has been happily using OS OpenData as a modern map layer in our maps website viewers, but the new OS Maps API layers have a number of advantages over these. Read More

27
Jul
2020
1

Using data to explore Great Britain’s AONBs and NSAs

Do you know what an AONB is? Or an NSA? Most of us have heard of Britain’s National Parks (see all 15 here), but did you know that England and Wales also have 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Scotland has 40 National Scenic Areas (NSAs)?

These scenic areas cover over 34,000 km2 of Great Britain (larger than the 23,000 km2 covered by our National Parks) and cover a huge variety of mountain, coastal and countryside landscapes. Our GeoDataViz team have been virtually exploring and comparing the landscapes with OS data and created a poster to showcase the AONB and NSAs.

With lockdown restrictions easing, you could use the poster as inspiration for your next GetOutside trip or staycation. Read More

21
Jul
2020
3

How can I create automated data downloads?

Data can be incredibly useful. By analysing or interpreting the information contained in data, better decisions can be made.

Ordnance Survey is one of the world’s oldest data organisations. We have gathered information about Great Britain since 1791, organising, analysing and disseminating maps and other information. As information technologies have evolved from tables and charts and pen-and-paper calculations to databases, vector graphics and sophisticated machine learning algorithms, OS has been a leader in adopting and innovating new ways to capture, store, process and share valuable location information.

The challenge – managing data

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16
Jul
2020
1

Meet the team: Chris Jennings

Chris JenningsAs part of our series to introduce you to OS people and share the diversity of our employees, meet Chris Jennings. As an Associate Engineering Architect, he gives us a glimpse into his role here at OS and the LGBT+ employee network he leads…

How long have you worked for OS?

I joined the Geospatial Solution Architecture team at OS in September 2019 and, not long after joining, I founded and now chair the LGBT+ employee network at OS. Read More