Today’s blog is written by Harry Berryman, a student at the University of Birmingham. He is an outdoors enthusiast and former Duke of Edinburgh participant who was an intern at OS for two weeks this summer.
This coming Bank Holiday weekend means that many people will be planning a weekend away in the UK, and Ordnance Survey has a number of tools for planning your perfect ‘staycation’. Using OS getamap, anyone can find great places to stay and eat, as well as a wide variety of attractions. There are also loads of ways to use the symbols on an OS paper map to find a huge variety of great things to do this Bank Holiday weekend. You could also use the great range of Ordnance Survey apps while out and about to find things in your area or check that you are still on track!
We’ve had a busy 2013 so far and there have been a number of new Ordnance Survey products and services released. We thought we’d give you a round-up of our eight great new and updated products and services of 2013 so far.
Our OS MapFinder app for iOS devices launched in January, providing a free-to-download navigation app for walkers, cyclists and more. With over 120,000 downloads of the app in three months, it’s proved very popular and thousands more have downloaded map tiles for the areas they want to explore. We’re currently working on an Android version of the app and we’ll let you know when that’s available. In the meantime, find out more about OS MapFinder for iOS.
Building on the success of OS MapFinder, we recently launched the OS OpenSpace SDK for iOS. Through the new software development kit (SDK), developers can quickly and easily add detailed Ordnance Survey maps to their applications on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The powerful and fast SDK provides a number of significant benefits for both the developer and the end users, including quick rendering and offline mapping, meaning that apps can still function even without a mobile signal. Get started on our website.
Continuing the open theme, we released OS Terrain 50 in April, adding to our OS OpenData product portfolio. Users and developers can now access a new fully maintained analytical height product called OS Terrain 50, available in grid and contour format. You can view and download the product on our website.
In June OS Terrain 5 joined our new height portfolio. Offering maintained national coverage and available in both grid and contour formats, OS Terrain 5 depicts the shape of Great Britain’s landscape. Presented as a Digital Terrain Model (DTM), OS Terrain 5 adds the third dimension to analytical applications such as flood risk assessment and infrastructure development.
We launch the next iteration of our Linked Data service in June at: http://data.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. The improved service is easy to use and access, adhering to new standards and making the data more open.
Today’s guest post is by Nadine Horn.
By the end of April I will embark on an exciting challenge; I will ‘barefoot’ run the length of Great Britain – exploring the country on a self-plotted route created by using OS getamap. My journey will take me across the 10 largest National Parks, starting in the South-East with the South Downs Way and finishing at the tip of Scotland with the Cairngorms. The distance: a 1000 miles.
Ordnance Survey, as one of the official partners, will make sure that I stay on track with my route by providing me with an iPhone that is equipped with the amazing OS MapFinder app. Also, updates of the journey and more details will be released on the blog here. So stay tuned.
Who am I and what’s the story behind it?
I am one of those people with a rare allergy to walls and comfortable beds. My passion: traveling, exploring, learning and meeting people from all walks of life. My career: extreme endurance athlete/adventurer/author/barefoot coach.
In 2011 I cycled 4000 km around whole Spain learning fluent Spanish on the way (Mission Spain). It took me 29 days from the idea to the moment sitting on the air-plane off to Spain to start the quest. Last year, I finished my 1140 km solo-triathlon across three countries: cycling across Switzerland, swimming the Danube for over 200 km and traversing Austria (Three Border Triathlon).