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19
Feb
2015
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Will the real Albert Square please stand up?

To commemorate thirty years of arguments and fights breaking out in The Queen Vic, cliff-hangers and probably the most instantly recognisable and mimicked drumbeat on television, we’ve searched our database of 460 million unique geographic features for EastEnders-related facts.

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Did you know that London boasts not one, but two Albert Squares? The Albert Square we see on TV is a set on the lot of Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, but the East End does have its very own Albert Square (E15), though it is actually a road and not a square. The other one can be found in the south west of London (SW8). Read More

7
Nov
2014
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Watch us on BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday

This year’s centenary of the start of World War One brings extra poignancy to Remembrance Day events. In a ‘special’ for BBC1’s flagship programme Countryfile (showing on Sunday 9 November from 6.30 pm) Ordnance Survey has been chosen to reflect life on the front line.

OS’s military heritage saw surveying and map making skills put to the harshest test and also coupled to many parallel military fields of expertise – like sound ranging for allied artillery batteries. So how could we explain skills honed a hundred years ago? And who should be chosen to meet the wonderful presenter of the film – Ellie Harrison?

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28
Oct
2014
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Watch us in ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’

Out of the blue, a BBC researcher called the Press Office in search of “a willing work force who have to concentrate from clocking on to clocking off; whose work required the assessment of the finest detail throughout”. There were other companies in the frame to take on the task, but several calls to and fro with the comms team and we assured the BBC that we were made of the right stuff.

But now to get 24 willing volunteers to participate in a week-long experiment which involved tests morning and afternoon, and some bizarre things to eat. The number of members of staff who stepped forward for possible selection was amazing. Their interest, both in the science behind the test as well their commitment to seeing it through, was staggering.

Here’s what Christian Kirchel (one of the 24) made of his brush with a network BBC production team, a computer screen and, among other things, lots and lots of fudge!

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Christian being filmed

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5
Sep
2014
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Putting Coronation Street on the map

Coronation Street surveyor - main shotOur surveyors roam the length and breadth of the country, but it’s not every day that they get to visit Britain’s most famous cobbled street. We’re always talking about making 10,000 changes a day to the master map of Great Britain and keeping the 460 million features in our database up-to-date – and our latest changes include the new set of Coronation Street!

The new map follows the recent move of the Coronation Street lot from ITV’s Quay Street studios to its new purpose built state-of-the-art home in Trafford. With updates ranging from changes in kerb lines to the addition of new roads, houses and retail properties, it’s not surprising to see the Street being captured in our most detailed mapping, OS MasterMap. Read More

22
Aug
2014
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Putting Doctor Who’s Tardis on the map

Tomorrow night will see the much-anticipated return of Doctor Who on our TV screens, with the new Doctor played by Peter Capaldi. We’ll be pleased to see the Tardis back on our screens because of its connection to our maps. As you may know know, the real-life function of those boxes that the Tardis has adopted, was as a telephone call box connecting you to your local police station.

Doctor Who Tardis map

 

In the early 20th century, hundreds of police call boxes (PCBs) sat on street corners waiting to be used. As phone boxes became more common place (first the famous red design and now the more modern glass version) and then home phones and mobiles phones took over, the PCBs fell out of use.

However, many of them still exist around the country – and for those in their original locations, they are still on our mapping data. Some 203 PCBs are still marked on our maps, although only a fraction of those are recognisable as the Tardis that we still know and love today.  Read More

18
Jul
2014
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Catch up on Ordnance Survey’s appearance on BBC’s Coast

P1020479Did you spot the feature about Ordnance Survey in Tuesday’s episode of Coast on BBC2? The new series kicked off with a focus on The Channel, and presenter Mark Horton revealed how some two centuries ago, French mapmakers unwittingly gave birth to us at Ordnance Survey.

If you watch the programme, you’ll see how did an Anglo-French project, undertaken in the 18th century to measure the exact distance across the Channel, resulted in the accurate maps of Britain that many people rely on today.  Read More

22
Nov
2013
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Celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary with our Tardis map

The much-anticipated 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who is due to air across TV screens (and cinemas) in Britain tomorrow night. The Day of the Doctor has been much-talked about, especially since the release of the trailer in October and #SaveTheDay will no doubt be trending across Twitter once again this weekend. There are excited Whovians across the country – and we also have some fans at our head office who started thinking about the Tardis and its connection to our maps. As many people know, the real-life function of those boxes that the Tardis has adopted, was as a telephone call box connecting you to your local police station.

In the early 20th century, hundreds of police call boxes (PCBs) sat on street corners waiting to be used. As phone boxes became more common place (first the famous red design and now the more modern glass version) and then home phones and mobiles phones, the PCBs fell out of use.

However, many of them still exist around the country – and for those in their original locations, they are still on our mapping data. Some 203 PCBs are still marked on our maps, although only a fraction of those are recognisable as the Tardis that we still know and love today.

We plotted the locations of the 73 boxes that are still in place, in their original police call box locations, and similar in style to the Tardis using our OS OpenSpace mapping application. You can zoom in to see the exact locations – and we’re pleased to see England, Scotland and Wales represented. You’ll soon spot, as you zoom in on Scotland, that Glasgow and Edinburgh are home to the vast majority of boxes though.

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11
Nov
2013
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BBC Coast: The French Connection

Mark RobsonMark Robson, (pictured) one of our South Region Surveyors, was recently involved in filming for the summer 2014 series of BBC’s Coast. Find out more about his day.

226 years ago Great Britain was accurately geodetically linked to France for the first time. William Roy, whose vision of a national map of Great Britain led to the founding of the Ordnance Survey, was put in charge of surveying a triangulation scheme originating from a measured five mile base line across Hounslow Heath and running down to the Channel Coast. Angles to common points were observed from both ends of the base line enabling the distances of the two other sides of the triangle to be calculated using trigonometry. From the new measured base lines a network of triangles was observed across South East England with positions eventually fixed at Dover and Hastings. Angles were then measured across to points on the French coast enabling the geodetic relationship between our countries to be calculated. The French had suggested the survey to link the position of the observatories in Greenwich and Paris and had triangulated points from Paris to observe back across to Britain. Read More

5
Sep
2013
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OS OpenData Award – 2013 Winner Revealed

Ordnance Survey sponsors and judges one of the British Cartographic Society (BCS) awards and this was its maiden year as the OS OpenData Award. The award is given annually to encourage excellence in cartographic design and the innovative and exciting use of OS OpenData.

The award is announced and presented at the gala dinner of the annual BCS symposium which was held last night at Hothorpe Hall Hotel in Leicestershire.

Vanessa Lawrence, our Director General, had earlier delivered a keynote speech at the symposium in a special 50th anniversary session that included presentations from the heads of each of the five British mapping and charting agencies.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2013 OS OpenData Award is Parallel. At the ceremony last night, Vanessa presented the award trophy, along with certificate and prize, to the winning entrant Ashley Clough of Parallel.

Parallel are a company creating websites, apps and maps and their award-winning entry is entitled ‘OS OpenData backgrounds and overlays for interactive UK healthcare visualisation’.

It is a contextual web map ‘zoom stack’ in a consistent style with boundary overlays, built using open source tools and the following OS OpenData products: OS VectorMap District, Meridian 2, Strategi, OS Terrain 50 and Boundary-Line. They have also used our Linked Data service for the search tool.

District-level base with Lower-layer Super Output Area (LSOA) boundaries © Parallel 2013

Parallel’s base mapping in use by one of their customers, SHAPE © SHAPE/Parallel 2013

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17
Oct
2012
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Emmerdale celebrates 40 years-and three beautiful locations!

With the excitement building about tonight’s live episode to celebrate the soap’s 40years, Emmerdale has been in the news again.

Although it’s a fictional village based in the Yorkshire Dales, Emmerdale has been produced at ITV’s Yorkshire Studios, based in various locations. Our map extracts show you where.

To begin with, location shooting for Emmerdale Farm (as it was known back then) was filmed in the village of Arncliffe in Littondale – one of the less popular valleys in the Yorkshire Dales. However, it was later moved when tourists and other visitors inundated the village and disrupted filming. However, you’ll notice the pub symbol and recognise the pub which famously became known as The Woolpack Inn and home to many unfolding dramas!

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