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Category: OS OpenData

GeoVation Challenge winners’ reactions to winning at camp

By , 5 March, 2014 8:15 am

Last weekend saw our GeoVation Camp finalists make their final pitches How to encourage active lifestyles in Britain. We had three successful finalists from the GeoVation Challenge, winning a share of £100,000 in innovation funding to develop their ideas. A £1,000 community prize fund, voted by the camp participants was also awarded. They are:

 Ramblers Scotland

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Cartography and the value of styling geodata

By , 25 February, 2014 8:00 am

Today’s guest blog is from Ordnance Survey’s Cartographic Design team, highlighting the value of good cartographic design.

Cartographic design Samples

Applying cartographic styling to geodata makes that data immediately more valuable. It makes the data more efficient to interpret and easier to communicate to others. Good cartographic design may even allow developers to understand their data better and so be able to make better use of it and in turn create better applications.

It is said that design adds an extra dimension to a product (in this case geodata) by making it more aesthetic, usable and human.

Over the last couple of years we have been developing and applying our new corporate map styles which provide visual consistency to our portfolio of vector-based maps. These new styles have been applied to our OS VectorMap products as well as our other digital map products, Meridian 2 and Strategi.

We have developed a full colour style and a backdrop style, with the latter being designed for contextual basemaps that facilitate data overlays. We have applied an element of colour science to ensure that all map features take their place within a clear visual hierarchy whereby the features deemed most important will be perceived first.

Good cartography often takes many years of experience and yet national mapping agencies and cartographic publishing houses are now far from the sole users of geospatial data, so we have decided to share our know-how in the form of ready-made stylesheets. Even simply viewing data in a GIS can be improved by good cartographic styling. Continue reading 'Cartography and the value of styling geodata'»

Help to shape the future of OS OpenData

By , 13 February, 2014 8:15 am

As part of our GeoVation community many of you will be aware of, or will have used OS OpenData.

Ordnance Survey has launched an online survey, to give open data users the opportunity to have their say in setting the direction for the future of OS OpenData.

We would like to know your thoughts!

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Developer Challenge 2014 – win support for your geolocation start-up with Ordnance Survey and Techhub

By , 28 January, 2014 8:00 am

Thank you to all those who submitted ideas to our GeoVation Challenge – How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain? This Challenge is now closed to entries, and from the 74 innovative ideas submitted 10 finalists have been chosen to attend the GeoVation Camp, but don’t let that discourage all you budding developers and innovators.

Ordnance Survey along with TechHub, have a fantastic new challenge with an awesome prize on offer, “The Ordnance Survey Developer Challenge 2014!”

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Innovation Newsletter – winter edition launched

By , 22 January, 2014 8:15 am

By now you should have received our winter edition of OS innovation newsletter, with of exciting news for the GeoVation and developer community – including our current GeoVation Challenge

Preview of Developer Challenge email

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Only five days left to submit your GeoVation Challenge ideas to encourage active lifestyles in Britain

By , 10 January, 2014 8:20 am

With only five days left till the GeoVation Challenge closes for entries, your ideas have been pouring in! As with our previous GeoVation Challenges we’re looking for great ideas that address problems using geography, technology and good design. Ordnance Survey will be offering a share of £100,000 to help develop ventures that encourage active lifestyles in Britain and make best use of our data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data.

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GeoVation camp – designing sustainable solutions to real problems

By , 9 January, 2014 8:25 am

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”.
– Einstein

If solutions to real problems are to be successfully launched and sustained, they need to be carefully designed. That means not just designing the solution but also the venture model that will sustain the solution and allow it to scale. This is why design thinking plays such an important part of our GeoVation camps. The objective of GeoVation camps is to enable finalists to be “match-fit to pitch” for GeoVation funding. Continue reading 'GeoVation camp – designing sustainable solutions to real problems'»

OS OpenData masterclass materials available to download

By , 12 December, 2013 8:00 am

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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OS Innovation autumn newsletter now available

By , 6 December, 2013 8:30 am

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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GeoVation launches New challenge at the Malvern Festival of Innovation

By , 22 November, 2013 8:00 am

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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