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Welcome to GeoVation - Innovation Challenges from Ordnance Survey.
GeoVation Challenges address specific community needs, which may be satisfied, in part, through the use of geography. Entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, innovators can enter our GeoVation Challenges for a chance to win innovation funding to help develop their ideas. You can read our blog posts below and find out find out more about us, our challenges and how to enter.

How to create models of towns with building heights

By , 10 June, 2014 8:15 am

Today’s guest blog is from Cristina Savian at Autodesk. If you were at last week’s GEO Business 2014 event, you may have seen our Acting Director General, Neil Ackroyd give his keynote and feature the image below, an infraworks model of Shrewsbury which was created using our new building heights dataset. Cristina created the model and tells us how.

 

 

Customers using Ordnance Survey’s OS MasterMap Topography Layer can now access information on the heights of almost 20 million buildings across Great Britain with the alpha release of building heights attributes. Released on 17 March, OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Height Attribute is a product enhancement to OS MasterMap Topography Layer, and available to licence holders at no additional cost.

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GeoVation alumni event video released!

By , 4 June, 2014 8:15 am

On 15 May 2014 the GeoVation team held their first alumni event, hosted by the Hub Westminster.

We packed the day with a full itinerary for our winners and finalists. There were introductions from Chris Parker, GeoVation, and Quentin Johns, Impact Hub Westminster, and presentations or informal talks with Bryan Forbes from Technical Strategy Board (TSB), Iain Rolfe from Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) and Dan Spicer from Hootsuite. We also had some great input from our winners and finalists through out the day, with special thanks to Helen – Mission Explore/City Farmers, Ayo – Element Green Recycling to give us an insight into what problems they had following camp, and Sam Hill from Pan Studios – ‘Run an Empire’ with his experience with Kickstarter.

Below is a video with highlights of the day’s events and some snippets from the round table discussion held at the end of the day. If you missed our alumni event you can catch up in more detail on our blog posts, GeoVation Alumni Event and GeoVation Alumni – why it’s got serious heritage.

 

 

We hope those who attended the GeoVation alumni found it worthwhile and we will be very interested in any more feedback you may have in developing subsequent alumni events.

 

GeoVation Alumni – why it’s got serious heritage

By , 30 May, 2014 8:15 am

A round table on Open Innovation Challenges

 

GeoVation alumni Round table 1

Today’s Guest blog is from Quentin Johns. Quentin has been a Judge for Ordnance Survey’s Geovation Challenges and is the Head of Business Development  the Impact Hub Westminster. Quentin has a degree in Social Anthropology from Sussex University. Quentin chaired a round table panel discussion compiled by  Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation team and the Impact Hub Westminster, hosted after the GeoVation Alumni event.

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GeoVation Alumni Event

By , 21 May, 2014 8:00 am

GeoVation thrives on the collaboration, networking and feedback of its participants and other stakeholders – and GeoVation challenges and the challenge process are developed from that feedback. Indeed, this alumni network is based on just such feedback. Our objective is to better support our finalists’ and winners’ ventures to grow beyond participation in just the challenge process itself.

As part of this, we are delighted to work with the Impact Hub Westminster to provide all our finalists and winners (wherever, they live) access to the Hub Connection virtual network; its support, knowledge, skills, experience and wider membership. Based on feedback we have put together an interesting mix of requested workshops, discussions, hands-on time and of course, opportunities to network.

 

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AddressBase products help you to do more than just locate a property

By , 13 May, 2014 8:15 am

Chris Chambers, Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase Product Manager gives us an update on how AddressBase is being used, two and a half years on from its launch.

Address data has always been important for the public sector and commercial companies. The vision and value of a single spatial addressing infrastructure that underpins key service provision and enables better location data collaboration is starting to deliver results for all our customers.

 

AddressBase

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The future is bright, the future is CARBON!

By , 6 May, 2014 8:15 am

Todays guest blog is by Richard Page, of Carbon Prophet, one of our winners from our Challenge in May 2013: ‘How do we help British business improve environmental performance’ – supported by the Environment Agency. Carbon Prophet were awarded £29,000 and also won the Community Award of £1,000.

AR Carbon received the final tranche of its GeoVation grant funding. As we are seven months into our project ‘Carbon Prophet’ and looking to launch ourselves into the open market, it seems the ideal time to see how things are progressing.

Our project is all about encouraging farmers to rebuild the natural fertility of their soils. One of the most obvious ways of achieving this is to encourage the use of compost as a source of nutrients and as a way of improving soil structure. Obviously we don’t want to use peat-based composts, so we need to find significant supplies of an alternative and that means using green waste compost. Unfortunately, this is not as straightforward as you might think; most green waste compost needs significant work to improve it before it is suitable for use on commercial farms. So, in order to ensure sufficient supplies of a quality product, we have opened negotiations with a number of local authorities to work with them to improve the product that they produce and we aim to have high quality green waste compost available for the start of spring 2015.

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GeoVation Easter caption competition winner choosen!

By , 2 May, 2014 1:00 pm

An morning of highs and oh no’s!!!

Thank you for all the fantastic entries to our GeoVation Easter caption competition! We have some very talented members in our community out there.

Our morning meeting contained a lot of laughter and a few oh no’s while we went through all the entries we had received over the Easter holidays.

Equipped with our coffee, water, herbal teas, and a pile of Easter eggs, we sat down on Wednesday afternoon with a large copy of the photo from our Active Lifestyle challenge and all your entries.  After much deliberation we finally choose the winning caption.

 

Winning Caption

 

 

Our winner is: Michael Coupar from Lancashire.

Congratulations Michael, your prizes are in the post. Michael has won an Ordnance Survey Custom Made Map along with an Ordnance Survey golfing umbrella and a range of GeoVation goodies including pens, t-shirts and some very tasty GeoVation rock.

Keep following GeoVation for more challenges and future competitions.

 

New Cartographic Design resources

By , 29 April, 2014 8:15 am

It is really important to us to make our products as easy to use as possible so, hot on the heels of our recent release of stylesheets and to follow up a previous post introducing the importance of resources, we are pleased to launch the latest additions to our Cartographic Design and Development web pages. We have just added an updated library of cartographic resources and a media library of news, forums, blogs and articles. These now sit alongside our cartographic design principles, our map showcase, stylesheets, thematic data sources, our blog posts and our OS OpenData Award to form a set of resources that we hope will help during the map-making process.

Book of resources

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Supporting innovation at the BlueLightCamp 2014

By , 25 April, 2014 8:15 am

On 10 and 11 May 2014, Ordnance Survey are hosting BlueLightCamp at their Southampton head office. The unconference and hackathon for blue light services is in its third year. The event see attendees bring challenges they’d like help overcoming, ideas they’d like to explore, and many bring along their skills and expertise to help others. Christine Townsend from MusterPoint, tells us about her BlueLightCamp experience.

The first BlueLightCamp in 2012 was my first experience of an unconference and a hackathon. As part of my background in police communication, and with the ever-increasing need to use social media, I wanted to see what it was about and if it could benefit my role in any way.

BluelightCamp T-shirt

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OS Innovation Newsletter – Spring edition

By , 22 April, 2014 8:15 am

By now you should have received our spring edition of OS innovation newsletter, with of exciting news for the GeoVation and developer community – including Funding for winners of the GeoVation Challenge, OS Developer Challenge and Ordnance Survey’s partnership with IC Tomorrow.

OS OpenSpace update on the internet bug ‘Heartbleed’

In response to the announcement of the internet bug ‘Heartbleed’ in the OpenSSL cryptographic software used by many businesses, we have changed our SSL certificates in OS OpenSpace to protect our customers’ personal data.  We recommend that you change your password in the OS OpenSpace ‘My Account’ page. If you have been using the same password on other accounts, you may also wish to update those. Update your OS OpenSpace password here.

 Spring Newsletter

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