By Neil Dewfield, Principal Consultant, Ordnance Survey International
Why does it matter how geospatially mature you are? What impact does geospatial maturity have on life chances, on government policy making, on a nation’s economy?
It feels as though we’re at a moment in history where these questions are being asked increasingly often. And I sense we’ll look back on this as a time of revolutionary change in the geospatial world. Tech development has been exponential over the last decade, creating a brave new world of opportunities to harness geospatial intelligence for societal good. High-quality geographic data can now power effective decision and policy making in government; it can support sustainable growth and deliver real benefits to a whole nation. Being able accurately to locate assets and resources and to know how they’re being used helps authorities design and focus public services, and to engage and involve citizens in this process. And, as cities get smarter, changes to how these services work can be made in near real time.
Guest blog by Duncan Moss, Duncan is our Major Event Practice Lead
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games gave Britain a lasting sporting and cultural legacy – if you visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (formerly known as the Olympic Park) this winter you can join the crowds enjoying a wide range of world-class sporting events. Whether cheering on the England women’s netball team as they take on Malawi or supporting London’s only professional basketball team in the Copper Box Arena, it’s easy to forget that such events are made possible thanks to our reputation for delivering a safe, secure and enjoyable environment as was experienced during London 2012.
Guest blog by Steven Ramage, Head of Ordnance Survey International
I joined Ordnance Survey two months ago to take on the role of building Ordnance Survey International. At that time I knew the overseas awareness of the Ordnance Survey brand was strong, but I had no idea how strong a reputation we had until last week.
We were invited to support an event in Abu Dhabi entitled Advances in British Engineering hosted by the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) team from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The event was scheduled just prior to the Formula One meeting in Abu Dhabi and was supported by a dozen leading British organisations; mostly engineering firms and us!
As you can imagine, the event was extremely well organised and the attendees were honoured by the attendance of Sir Jackie Stewart the legendary British Formula One driver. It was personally pleasing to see Jackie Stewart there, because I’ve followed him since I was a wee boy growing up in Scotland – not far from where he started life.
So what does this have to do with national mapping you ask? Well…we are working on a number of government initiatives in the Middle East as Ordnance Survey International, so we were also there to support our customers who are developing their economic growth plans underpinned by location. We took along some posters and pull up banners highlighting the exactness and quality of Ordnance Survey national mapping: OS MasterMap showing Brands Hatch and Silverstone race tracks. We explained our extremely comprehensive data capture, production, maintenance and delivery processes to almost all the attendees and highlighted this as another type of British engineering.
We should like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for attending and to thank both the UKTI office in Abu Dhabi for inviting us and i4detail for supporting us at this great event. It was very useful to be a part of the event and to have the opportunity to show that Ordnance Survey is a true ‘Great British’ player in the international market – providing strategic advisory services and guidance on authoritative mapping to other countries.