Continuing our series to introduce you to the wonderful individuals within OS and give you a snapshot of the variety of work we do, meet Marianne Pope. As a Product Manager, here she offers insight into her role from data to the Geospatial Commission…
How long have you worked for OS?
I joined OS in November 2018 as a product manager within OSGB. Before that I worked as a product manager in the education sector.
What does your role involve?
As a product manager, my main job is to set the vision for a product. The vision sets out the ‘why’ behind what we do and makes sure everyone is working towards the same goal. From the vision I draw up the roadmap and strategy for the product’s development while ensuring I balance the needs of our users with the needs of the business. I also spend a lot of time analysing data and carrying out user research to constantly measure product progress – this makes sure we stay on track towards our goals.
The Understanding Scottish Places (USP) platform launched in April 2015, offering a way of understanding the similarity of places across Scotland. The tool contains a range of demographic, social and economic data on all 479 Scottish settlements with a population of over 1,000 people. Deliberately designed to avoid a simplistic ranking of places as better or worse, USP focuses on the shared characteristics of towns.
Glasgow City Council, as part of its EU Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities funded project RUGGEDISED (Rotterdam, Umea, Glasgow: Generating Exemplar Demonstrations in Sustainable Energy Districts), is, in tandem with developing various smart and sustainable energy measures, developing a Data-Based Decision Platform (DBDP). The DBDP will be a window into the various datasets generated throughout the project, as well as internal and external datasets utilised by Glasgow City Council. The DBDP will analyse and interpret various datasets to inform policy and strategy decisions in relation to city operations in the city, providing outputs that will inform operational actions.
As the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography, we’re sure it won’t shock you to know we often work together on exciting (and of course!) geography-related projects.
This year, we have combined our expertise and arranged several events to help promote and advance understanding of the uses of geospatial data.
On Monday 14 January, Miranda Sharp, our Director of Innovation, will explore how powerful information about location can be used to build a system of smarter infrastructure to help the UK economy and society to thrive in our lecture ‘Creating a master map of the UK: a route to a better future?’.
Additionally, as part of the RGS regional lecture series, on Tuesday 15 January, our Chief Geospatial Scientist Jeremy Morley will join neuroscientist Professor Kate Jeffrey in Southampton to discuss how our day to day navigation abilities can be linked to recent research on how the brain represents details of places.
In anticipation of Christmas, we thought we would pay homage to the classic seasonal track 12 Days of Christmas by finding some fun OS facts about Great Britain for each line.
To avoid typing the whole song out as we know you know it already, we have just written the last paragraph here to jog your memory.
On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
Within Great Britain, there are 12 roads in total with the term ‘drum’, ‘drumming’ or ‘drummers’. While Drummer Lane occurs twice, Drummer’s Lane and the other 9 such as Drummermire and Drummery Lane are unique.
During August 2018 the cities of Glasgow (UK) and Berlin (DE) jointly-hosted the inaugural edition of the European Championships, a new and exciting multi-sport event. The Glasgow 2018 European Championships brought together some of our continent’s leading athletes. The city of Glasgow and Scotland hosted aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon with athletics and the marathon being hosted in Berlin. In total, there were 11 competition days, 12 sports venues and 188 medal events. More than 3,000 athletes travelled to Scotland while 1,500 athletes competed in Berlin.
Combining the power of ESRI’s ArcGIS Online platform technology with highly detailed geospatial data from OS, Glasgow City Council created web mapping applications for planning and operational purposes prior to and throughout the event.
The use of web mapping applications was vital in assisting with the planning, staffing and operational elements of the venues and cycling routes, particularly the events which involved public roads.
Calling all OS OpenData users!
Have you struggled to get to grips with GML? Have Shapefiles left you feeling positively un-shapely? Do you dream of a Dump file? Maybe you get giddy over a GeoPackage? Then you may want to take part in our OS OpenData trial that’s being announced at FOSS4G in London today…