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11
Jun
2015
2

New OS Explorer OL maps now available

The new cover for Explorer OL15

The latest revision of the OS Explorer OL maps is now available! These maps are designed to help you make the most of your time in the British countryside, whether you are walking, cycling, running, riding or anything else.

The new releases come with a mobile download included with each map. This allows you to get a copy of your paper map on your Android or Apple device. The map is saved to the device memory, so will work even when you have no mobile phone signal, and includes useful features like pinpointing your location, route recording and a compass.
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27
May
2015
2

Paper maps going mobile

OL4 and OL17 map coversDid you see our announcement last week? We’re going to be replacing all 607 paper map titles with a new design and an additional mobile download of the map. It all starts on 10 June when our new OS Explorer Outdoor Leisure (OL) paper maps begin hitting retailers’ shelves. You’ll be able to see the first wave of winners from our OS Photofit competition too, as it’s their photos that are featuring on the new covers.

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9
Feb
2015
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Ordnance Survey’s paper maps – can you make the cover? Launching the #OSphotofit competition

Today, we are launching a brand new competition for 2015 – OS Photofit – and we can’t wait for budding photographers across Britain to get involved!

To support our recent brand refresh and in light of the revival in sales of our paper maps, we are looking for inspiring photographs of Britain’s stunning rural and urban landscapes to take pride of place on the covers of our paper maps for some of the most popular tourist destinations and biggest cities across Great Britain.

Whether it’s flowing rivers, modern buildings, views of a valley or life in the city, we want to show that Great Britain is a beautiful place to enjoy and explore. What better way to do this than on the front covers of our iconic OS Explorer Outdoor Leisure series maps!

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27
Jun
2014
0

Using maps for photography

To introduce myself briefly, my name’s Dominic and I’m a member of the team that manages the OS website. Landscape photography is one of my passions outside work and I suspect that it’s one shared by many of you here who enjoy the great outdoors. I took my first blurry shots at about the age of 10 on a second-hand Kodak instamatic camera that took 126 film. My first SLR followed in the late 90’s and I went digital in 2006, whereupon the number of photos I took increased exponentially. In this post, I’d like to share with you three ways in which maps help me as a photographer.

1 Deciding where to shoot

With summer now well upon us, my thoughts are turning to weekends away and longer holidays. There are many parts of Great Britain that I have yet to explore – as you’ll see below – and so I’d turn to a regional map to explore ideas in more detail. I also search sites like 500px.comand flickr.com to browse through shots that other people have posted to identify landmarks I’d be interested in shooting in areas I don’t yet know. Read More

31
Mar
2014
1

Maintaining national coverage of paper maps in Great Britain – commitment from Ordnance Survey

You may have read articles in the media recently which reported that Ordnance Survey is to end its policy of routinely producing maps that cover the whole country. This is simply not true.

We would like to stress that this statement is wholly inaccurate and that we are committed to maintaining a national series of paper maps for both OS Explorer and OS Landranger maps. Paper maps are used by millions of outdoor enthusiasts every year enabling people to explore and enjoy Great Britain. Our paper products remain an important part of Ordnance Survey with nearly 2 million sold over the last year. Users will continue to be able to purchase paper maps covering the whole of Great Britain from many outlets, including our own online Map Shop. Read More

28
May
2012
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Custom made maps

If the idea of unique or bespoke mapping appeals to you then no doubt you’ll already be well aware of our OS Explorer Map – Custom Made and OS Landranger Map – Custom Made range. These new products, launched earlier this year, allow you to site-centre your map on any location in Great Britain. They have proven to be a huge hit, with nearly 12 000 people ordering their own personal mapping of Great Britain.

Our custom-made maps are unique, because you can put your favourite spot (such as your house, your favourite hiking route, the best local pub or your walking group’s meeting place) at the centre. This fact hasn’t been lost on accommodation owners, such as those running bed-and-breakfasts and campsites. They understand that their visitors want to find out what’s on offer in the local area and of course Ordnance Survey maps show every landmark you might want to visit, from walking trails to castles. The interest we’ve had from the accommodation trade shows us that personalised mapping isn’t just a great gift idea.

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13
Jul
2011
2

How often do we update our paper maps?

I’m told by my colleagues in the customer service team that one of the most common questions we’re asked is ‘how often do you update your paper maps?’

It’s a very good question.

But there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer. The frequency depends on a combination of factors, the primary one being the amount of change that needs to be applied to the map since it was previously revised.

The popularity of the sheet is also a factor. A map covering an area popular with vistors such as the Lake District would take priority over a less-popular area, providing of course, that changes have occurred that would be important to the users – new footpaths, roads and a visitor centre for example.

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18
Feb
2011
0

Focus on Cartography – part one

Mention a cartographer and people will think of someone who draws maps. Well, it’s obvious isn’t it? Having spent a few hours talking to various members of our Cartography team though, I’m actually amazed at the breadth of areas they cover. So, if you’ve already read our ‘day in the life of a surveyor’ blogs, read on to find out what happens once that surveyed data gets inside the building.

Our Cartography team, which is really lots of separate teams with different specialisms, is led by Huw, and they are responsible for deriving and maintaining cartographic databases, and providing the finished data for Ordnance Survey national series paper and data products. They do this through the manipulation and enhancement of our core databases. But as well as this ‘core’ work, they work on lots of other projects from specialist maps to innovative work on the effects of colour vision deficiency on mapping.

Explorer team

Sandy leads the Explorer team. Unsurprisingly, they work on the design, editing and updating of databases for our very popular 1:25 000 OS Explorer Map. The team also work on the data for our OS Select bespoke product where customers can centre a map on an area of their choice and on our digital product, 1:25 000 Scale Colour Raster.

One of the team at work

One of the team at work

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