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.
Regular blog readers will be aware of the work we do to support the teaching of geography in schools. It’s an important area for us and we are keen to support teachers to inspire children to learn about the benefit and use of geography particularly through our joint project with Edina – Digimap for Schools.
We also sponsor some awards which recognise the commitment and passion shown by Geography teachers. This week, two outstanding teachers have been recognised by being presented with the Ordnance Survey Award for excellence in secondary geography teaching by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). They received their awards from Ordnance Survey’s Director General and Chief Executive, Vanessa Lawrence CB.
If you are interested in walking and want to understand more about the stories behind your favourite places in Great Britain, then why not visit www.discoveringbritain.org. The new website from the Royal Geographical Society with IBG is a must see for anyone who wants to discover more about Britain’s fantastic landscapes. An additional bonus for visitors is that all the walks are displayed on Ordnance Survey mapping though our great online mapping service OS OpenSpace.
Every place has a story to tell – whether dramatic mountains, busy city centres, windswept beaches, rolling fields, leafy suburbs, quaint villages or expansive mud flats. The website allows you to discover how our amazing landscapes are shaped by people, historic events, the economy, the forces of nature and much more. Through the website you can search for walks in three different ways – by the type of landscape at the heart of the story, by the setting of the walks, and by location or geographical region. When you select the walk which appeals to you, it can be viewed on an Ordnance Survey map.