We ran a series of free masterclasses this autumn to help new and exisitng opendata users to gain a greater understanding of open data and the tools and techniques to use open datasets, Following the success of the masterclasses across Great Britain, many of you asked to have access to the training materials.
We’ve now made these available on our website for you to download datasets, open source GIS and workbooks to take you through the exercises.
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We have just sent out our autumn edition of OS Innovation news, which is packed with lots of exciting news for the GeoVation and developer community – including our current GeoVation Challenge, our visit to Appsworld and more about innovation licences. The newsletter is also available online.
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The Malvern Festival of Innovation is a great way to discover what the future holds, to see how others are innovating – and it was the perfect opportunity for us to launch our new GeoVation Challenge: “How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain ?”which is all about encouraging us all to get active in Britain’s open spaces; Dr Adrian Burden of Key IQ Ltd, one of the festival organisers, said: ‘[GeoVation] only do three per year, so it was significant to have this launch at the festival’.
The festival was started in 2012 by Dr Emma Philpott and Dr Adrian Burden to showcase the town’s rich scientific history and has fast become a forward-thinking exhibition, conference and networking event, spread across three days with an exciting programme of speakers, themed seminar features and exhibitors from sectors including engineering, environment and tourism.
There were some exciting presentations from speakers such as Clive Beale, Director of Educational Development at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, who also donated 100 Raspberry pi starter kits to each student who took part in the Next Gen Innovators workshop. Ian Glover gave an enthusiastic presentation on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car 1K Club, whose team hope to break the land speed record (currently set at 763 mph), and showed exciting film footage of the car in action. Also presenting was our very own Chris Parker, talking to an inspired audience about GeoVation and our new Challenge.
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The first of our latest series of OS OpenData masterclasses was held last week. Dee Davis, product manager for OS OpenData, explains what happened:
On Thursday 7 November, we hosted the first in our 2013 series of OS OpenData masterclasses in Southampton. The event was fully booked and hosted participants from the public sector, commercial businesses and academia.
Ian Holt, our Developer Programme Manager kicked-off the day with an introduction to the benefits of open data and pointed to the different sources of data, such as data.gov.uk and is it open data? and Viv Alexander, Community Manager followed with an overview of our GeoVation process and announced the latest GeoVation Challenge around active lifestyles .
After the introduction it was straight down to business and working through a series of exercises showing how to use a geographic information system (GIS) to work with our OS OpenData products, alongside other open data such as demographics.
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GeoVation winner, Richard Fairhurst, has launched a website aimed at promoting opportunities for business along the Wales Coast Path.
The new website ‘Growing Routes’ was one of five ideas which was selected to receive funding from Ordnance Survey in the 2012 ‘Wales Coast Path’ GeoVation Challenge.
Heat map showing areas with campsites
The initiative has the potential to generate new jobs and business and help bring about economic growth along the Path. Using the online heat map business can identify areas of opportunity for their new ventures. Through aggregating different sources of open data the website identifies numbers and types of business along the Path and includes other important information in decision making, such as access to road networks.
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People across Great Britain are being given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of open data and the tools and techniques to use open datasets, through a series of free masterclasses, hosted by Ordnance Survey and supported by Horizon Digital Economy Research.
This series of masterclasses will follow the format of previous workshops in combining theory and practical sessions.
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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 made annually and is given to encourage excellence in cartographic design, innovation and exciting use of OS OpenData.
OS OpenData offers a wide range of digital map products that you can freely view or download, for use in both personal and commercial applications.
Entries were considered by a panel of judges from Ordnance Survey and were judged on their original and inventive use of OS OpenData, suitability of the mapping for the declared purpose and the overall cartographic quality and design.
The award trophy was presented by Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, – along with the certificate and prize donated by GeoVation– to the winning entrant, Ashley Clough of Parallel.
District-level base with Lower-layer Super Output Area (LSOA) boundaries © Parallel 2013
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During the summer, Ordnance Survey welcomed a number of interns and one of them, Joseph Braybook, spent his time with our Innovation Labs team. An avid fan of the Minecraft video game, he suggested building a Minecraft world using OS OpenData products. In just two weeks Joe created a Minecraft world representing over 224,000 square kilometers of Great Britain and now Ordnance Survey have made it available so you can download and explore!
Minecraft is a game set in virtual 3D worlds made up of cubes of different materials. Players build shelters, make things from raw materials and fend off a variety of monsters. Minecraft worlds are often computer generated, though dedicated players have also created meticulous recreations of real and imagined environments such as Hogwarts castle.
Snowdonia in Minecraft
To build the world two of Ordnance Survey’s digital map products that are freely available as OS OpenData for anyone to use, have been used to build:
- OS Terrain 50: A three-dimensional model of the bare earth surface known as a Digital Terrain Model (DTM). The product is delivered as a grid with a resolution of 50 metres. We used this product to generate the Minecraft GB terrain.
- OS VectorMap District: A mid-scale contextual or backdrop map product. We used the raster version, extracting surface features – for example water, woodland and roads – based on pixel colours and densities. We used this information to modify the material of individual blocks.
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OS OpenData offers a wide range of digital map products which you can freely view or download, for use in both personal and commercial applications. We pride ourselves on the level of detail that our products have, but we also know this can sometimes make them a little daunting to work with, especially if you have never worked with the specialist map software, Geographic Information Software (GIS) needed to manipulate them before.
To help new users of our data, especially those of you innovating with OS OpenData, we have produced a series of videos to help:
- view a simple map of where they live
- view a map for a wider area
- create their own styled map
- show their data with postcodes and boundaries on a map
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You may have read in our previous blog that last week, Ordnance Survey supported the Young Rewired State’s (YRS) Festival of Code 2013. Our support for the event involved us working with a team of other experienced mentors, to help almost thirty young people create new prototype apps and websites. Ideas ranged from creating a grocery price comparison site; to building a conceptual app that maps how intelligent people are in different areas of Great Britain.
Developer Program Manager – Ian Holt teaching Young People how to code with Ordnance Survey data
Photo by Amina Malik Courtesy of Hub Westminster.
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