Enter our aquariums map quiz

We’re making 10,000 changes a day to the master map of Great Britain, keeping track as the nation changes roads, buildings and more. Our most detailed mapping, OS MasterMap, contains over 450 million features, from houses, schools and hospitals to woodland, shingle beaches and railways.

We event mark the function of some buildings on our popular leisure range of maps – so you can identify youth hostels, pubs and other handy places when you’re out walking or cycling. We don’t mark the use of all buildings though – and not the kind of buildings we’re asking you to identify in today’s map quiz.

You may well have visited one of Britain’s many aquariums while on a family holiday or day out, but  would you recognise it on a map? There are eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing aquariums across Great Britain. Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later. Read More


Challenging Britain to get active in the open!

We are really excited to be launching our 7th GeoVation Challenge today on the theme of ‘How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?’

As with previous GeoVation Challenges we are looking for great ideas which address the problems using geography, technology and good design. Ordnance Survey will be offering a slice of £100,000 to help develop ventures that make best use of our data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data to solve problems.


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We’re thrilled to announce our face of Ordnance Survey competition winners

Over the summer we ran a photo competition giving outdoor enthusiasts the chance to become national faces of Ordnance Survey and be a part of our ‘Explore More’ marketing campaign. We’re extremely pleased to share our six winners with you.

Face of Ordnance Survey competition winners

The six winners, and the winner from our internal employee competition, attended a professional photo shoot last month. Everyone came with a bag of props so that they would be dressed for their favourite outdoor activity in their photos. The high-quality close-up images of their faces are designed to feature in consumer press advertising and, potentially, as point of sale in retail stores as part of our ‘Explore More’ campaign. The winners were great sports on the day, being sprayed with water and being coated in mud and chalk to achieve the perfect shot representing their activity. We’re really looking forward to using the images in advertising campaigns, starting this month.

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Enter our museums quiz

With the summer holidays underway, you may be one of many people who’s visiting museums across Great Britain with family and friends. There are a huge number of them dotted across the country, covering everything from science to dolls and natural history to trains.

Our team of 250 surveyors work in tandem with our Flying Unit to capture all the changes to buildings (including museums), road networks, and the landscape across Great Britain.

We have eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing museums across Great Britain. Can you name them? Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.

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Enter our theme park quiz

With the summer holidays starting, you will be one of many people thinking of places to take their children – and theme parks can often top the list! There are a surprising number of them dotted across the country, from the extremely well know such as Alton Towers, to much smaller specialised parks.

Our team of 250 surveyors work in tandem with our Flying Unit to capture all the changes to buildings, road networks, theme parks and the landscape across Great Britain.

We have eight extracts of OS MasterMap below showing theme parks across Great Britain. Can you name them? Post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know the answers later.

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Have you got what it takes to be a face of Ordnance Survey?

Enter our competition and you could be a face of Ordnance Survey, and potentially see yourself in magazines and retail stores across Great Britain.

We know that people use our popular leisure mapping for all kinds of activities and in all kinds of ways – in paper, online and mobile formats. Are you one of those people? Are you a keen walker, dedicated horse-rider, budding cyclist or regular trail-runner? Perhaps you like long walks with your family at weekends, taking your dog out everyday or even planning your next rock-climbing or canoeing adventures. As long as you enjoy being in the great outdoors and using our maps, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for people who love exploring the beautiful British countryside, like those currently featuring in our ‘Explore More…’ advertising campaign (shown above and below).  If you would like to be one of the next faces of Ordnance Survey, it’s really simple to enter, just email us a photo of you (good clear photo showing head and shoulders please) doing your favourite outdoor activity and tell us why you love using Ordnance Survey maps for your activity in less than 50 words.

Email your photo to thefaceofos@ordnancesurvey.co.uk by Friday 13 September to be in with a chance of becoming a new face of Ordnance Survey and taking part in a professional photo shoot to capture your image for the campaign. View the terms and conditions on our blog: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/explore-more-competition/

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OS OpenData competition – thank you

We would like to thank those of you who entered our recent OS OpenData competition to win an iPad. We had over 100 entries, with many varied uses, from personal projects, producing printed products, delivering environmental applications to supporting charitable work.

We will be contacting some our entrants to work with them to develop case studies, which we will release on our website when available.

In the meantime, here are a few comments from the entrants:

 I have found Open Source Data from Ordnance Survey of extreme benefit in aiding the creation of various map types for submission as part of the planning process. The customer service from OS has been excellent in dealing with any questions and queries in relation to OpenData. quarryplan

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Win an O’Survey football shirt in our football grounds quiz

There’s a twist to our usual ‘just for fun’ map extract quiz today as we celebrate the 2012-13 Premier League Champions. We have a 2012-13 season Manchester United football shirt personalised with O’Survey on the back to give away.

Wondering why we have an O’Survey Manchester United shirt? The club has used one of our OS OpenData products, OS VectorMap District on their website. They have released a video guide to Manchester and changed the colour of the mapping to match their kit colours. You can see the guide on their website if you are a member, or check the image below if not. As a thank you for using our data, they personalised a shirt for us – and we’d like to give it away to a football and mapping fan!

OS VectorMap District being used on the Manchester United website

All you need to do is take a look at the map extracts below, featuring our OS MasterMap products,  and tell us:

  • the eight football clubs; and
  • the link between them.

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Up, up and away – see beautiful Britain from above!

One lucky custom made map maker is in for a treat with our new prize draw starting today!

Anyone buying a custom made map between now and 5 April will be entered into a prize draw to win an amazing Virgin Balloon flight for two*! custom made maps allow you to chose the cover image or upload your own, select the area covered by the map and choose the scale. They make a great gift and come either rolled or folded!

So, if you are up for some romance and adventure and want to explore Great Britain in a slightly different way, order your OS Explorer or S Landranger custom made map now!

Floating around, watching the world go by, is an unforgettable experience, both thrilling and serene. Then there’s the traditional champagne toast – well, it would be rude not too.

Virgin Balloon Flights are the UK’s leading balloon ride providers, flying from over 100 locations across mainland Britain, offering you the ultimate voyage of discovery or the perfect gift for that special someone.

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The return of the map symbols quiz

Back by popular demand…welcome to the second edition of our map symbols quiz. In the past tree symbols were hand drawn by our cartographers, later symbols were ‘stuck’ to the map by hand and now, of course, the symbols are added by our cartographers via computer systems.

When you’re out and about using our well-known OS Landranger and OS Explorer Maps – do you know what all of the symbols mean? They’re there to give you valuable information about the environment you’re in.

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