We’re really excited to be attending this years’ Malvern Festival of Innovation, even more so because we’ll be announcing the launch of our new GeoVation Challenge there!
The Festival is a smorgasbord of science, technology, social enterprise and entrepreneurship; innovation by name and innovative by nature.
‘Today we need to innovate more than ever: the way we do business, the way we use resources; the way we live. We need new ideas to stay competitive, new technologies to improve lives, and new insights to lead the way. Join us to discover what’s coming next, to learn how others are innovating, and to showcase your own research and development.
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Our OS OpenData masterclasses are filling up quickly, but we still have some spaces left. So, make sure you book your space at an event near you today.
Our masterclasses will follow the format of previous workshops; combining theory and practical sessions.
The updated workshop material will follow the journey of downloading the data, importing it into open source software and mashing with other open datasets to provide analysis. The session is ideal for those new to working with location data or anyone wishing to brush-up on their skills.
We shall also be working with OS OpenSpace, Ordnance Survey’s free web‑mapping service that allows users to display up-to-date Ordnance Survey mapping in a web page or an online environment. Our workshop for this session will show how to create file formats that can be easily imported into web mapping to pinpoint a list of locations – allowing you to create interactive maps similar to our special Halloween Masterclass/Ghost walk location finder.
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We are in the process of putting the finishing touches to our next exciting Innovation Challenge. We have been working hard over the last few months holding ‘Problem Pow Wows’ with key members of the community, public and commercial bodies to develop new GeoVation Challenges to address specific community needs.
All our challenges are aimed at encouraging and supporting the development of innovative applications, products and services that use geographical information to create social, educational, economic and environmental benefit. It aims to provide seed financial funding to a number of ideas, which show the most potential to be developed into sustainable ventures. Continue reading 'Win Innovation Funding – New Challenge Launched in 8 Days'»
GeoVation winner, Staffordshire and West Midlands (SWM) Probation Trust, have launched a new app to help the public choose what Community Payback work offenders do.
The new app called ‘Get Community Payback’ was one of four winners in the 2012 GeoVation Challenge to transform Britain’s neighbourhoods and was awarded £41,000 from Ordnance Survey to develop the idea.
Probation Trusts across England and Wales run the successful and popular Community Payback scheme. Across Staffordshire and the West Midlands, over 612,000 hours of Community Payback were completed last year by over 4,500 offenders on a community sentence. This equates to over three and a half million pounds’ worth of free labour provided to local communities as offenders payback for the crimes they have committed.
The free app works on all Android phones and allows users to take a photo of a “grotspot” in their local area for offenders to work on. The image, which is automatically geo-tagged giving it an exact geographic reference, is then sent directly to their local Probation Trust to accurately pinpoint the location.
Community Payback projects include litter picking, clearing dense undergrowth, repairing and redecorating community centres and removing graffiti. If the work is suitable for offenders to do*, Probation will arrange for them to go out and do it.
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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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Last week, 13 representatives from the public, private and voluntary sector in Southampton gathered at Ordnance Survey to take part in a facilitated GeoVation Pow Wow. The session allowed individuals to discuss and debate the local problems which can provide a barrier in building healthy communities. Various subject areas were discussed throughout the session including, raising the aspirations of young people, long term unemployment and how best to utilise key city assets.
The GeoVation Pow Wow was organised as a result of work undertaken through the Business in the Community (BITC) Southampton Hub which Ordnance Survey has supported. The Hub which is led by Jayne Carrington, Managing Director of Right Management Workplace Wellness, allows local businesses and partners to work collaboratively in addressing local social issues.
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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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Last Thursday Ordnance Survey was delighted to host the Sustainable Innovation Lab (SusIN Lab) conference, here at our Head Office in Southampton. This was the fourth and final session in a series of workshop events organised by the University of Exeter Business School. The workshops, which Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation team have been participating in, have been running since December 2012. They explore, through collaboration, how sustainability is driving innovation and creating new forms of value for different stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors.
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