Guest blogger Nicholas White explains how photography and opendata go hand in hand…
I began my photography career shooting digitally. Digital was commonplace, both on consumer and professional levels. It seemed to be the go-to medium for financial viability, instant gratification and provided the photographer with the ability to produce large quantities of imagery without breaking the bank. This is by no means a bad thing, I’m all for embracing change. Change is good, it keeps us on our toes, opens doors to new methods of image-making and challenges us to think about how we align with the current trends in photography. Instagram and smartphone photography has added an extra dimension to this rapidly shape-shifting medium, with an average of 70 million photos per day being shared in 2015.
Guest blog from Stephen McConnachie, Head of Data, BFI Collections & Information
This month the British Film Institute launched its innovative new digital moving image platform, Britain On Film. It offers map-based access to digitised films from the BFI National Archive’s own collection, and from 13 regional and national film archives throughout the UK. This lottery-funded project is digitising 10,000 films by 2017, and making them available to watch on the BFI Player. This project is driven by the BFI’s strategic priority number three in its Film Forever plan.
Creation of a map interface – to enable users to search or navigate to the digitised films – was one of the main ambitions of the project, and the data underlying that map experience was built from an OS OpenData product: the 1:50,000 Gazetteer of GB place names. Find out why OS had the best choice of data source to achieve our project objectives, and how we used it.
Earlier in the year, we shared news with you about the latest suite of OS OpenData products that are available through our download portal. The four new products in the portfolio are OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Names, OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. On Thursday 2 July, we’re running a free bite-sized masterclass where we’ll be taking a closer look at these products. We’ll be taking classmates on a journey, teaching them how to access, load, style and use the data in open source software – it’s sure to be a great session!
At OS, we sponsor and judge one of the British Cartographic Society (BCS) awards and once again this year we will be rewarding cartographic excellence and the innovative use of OS OpenData. The 2015 awards launched in March and are made annually at the society’s symposium which this year promises to be a fantastic event as it is being jointly hosted with the Society of Cartographers (SoC).
Great news this morning, our latest OS OpenData products are now available for download. Announced last month, the four new products in our open data portfolio are OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Names, OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. Bringing our OS OpenData offering up to sixteen products, the latest offer you increased detail and accuracy and the opportunity for analytics. They are fully customisable and can work together or be imported and integrated with your own software and database.
Post by Keegan Wilson, Press Officer
Ordnance Survey’s very own Mr Blocks, Joseph Braybrook, is conducting a new set of experiments in Minecraft.
Not content with making Great Britain out of OS OpenData and 83 billion individual Minecraft blocks, a mammoth map which won him a place in the Guinness Book of Records, which you can download here for free, Joseph has set his sights further afield in an attempt to push himself, real world data and the possibilities of Minecraft to the limit.
Last week we launched the latest GeoVation Challenge in partnership with Land Registry, asking for solutions on ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’ We are looking for great ideas which use geography, technology and good design, with entrants having the opportunity to win a share of £101,000 in funding to bring their ideas to reality. All entrants to the GeoVation Housing Challenge must use Ordnance Survey open or paid for data and Land Registry licensable data in their business ventures.
To support the latest GeoVation Challenge and to help people gain a greater understanding of open data and the tools and techniques to use open datasets, we’re hosting a further series of our free opendata masterclasses, at five locations across England and Wales.