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  • How can we encourage active lifestyles? See the 74 great ideas

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.

New building height attribute data released by Ordnance Survey

By , 21 March, 2014 8:00 am

Ordnance Survey has announced a new supplementary dataset for its customers to use with OS MasterMap Topography Layer,  Building Height Attribute.

Customers of OS MasterMap Topography Layer can now access information on the heights of almost 20 million buildings across Great Britain in the alpha release of building height attribute. Released on 17 March 2014, OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Height Attribute is a product enhancement to OS MasterMap Topography Layer, and available to its licence holders at no additional cost.

 

Simple Building Heights sample

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Helping at GeoVation Camp is quite addictive!

By , 19 March, 2014 8:15 am

Shona QuinnToday’s blog is from Shona Quinn, a Market Analyst in our Products and Innovation department and one of our graduates from last years recruitment scheme.

Just over two weeks ago, ten teams – each with a bright idea to help encourage active lifestyles – descended on Ordnance Survey Head Office in Southampton for GeoVation Camp, where around 15 Ordnance Survey helpers were waiting to advise on Ordnance Survey data and help the teams to develop their ideas.

 

After a great experience helping at a previous GeoVation Camp, I knew that I definitely wanted to help out again – the buzz in the atmosphere at camp is quite addictive!  There were several of us ‘returner’ helpers, showing that GeoVation is an inspiring event to attend whether you’re a helper or a member or an ideas team. And thanks to more new helpers this year, there was more support for each team than ever before. Every team had at least one Ordnance Survey helper with them all weekend, so there was dedicated assistance available for the teams throughout the camp.

 

Helping medal routes develop their ideas

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Challenging our finalists to build exciting ideas to get active

By , 12 March, 2014 8:00 am

We recently announced the successful finalists in our GeoVation Challenge to encourage people in Britain to get active outdoors. We asked for innovative ideas to encourage active lifestyles in the open; using geography, particularly Ordnance Survey products and services, technology and good design.

Photo of Service Design students at GeoVation CampThe finalists from the GeoVation Challenge participated in an energetic weekend of no nonsense innovation at GeoVation Camp. The GeoVators focussed on the formula that Innovation = Problem x Solution x Execution to help them to develop their ideas. They also practiced their presentations so they would be ‘match fit to pitch’ to the judging panel. Participants were impressed by the level of support, which included help with service design, business models, geography and engaging with Ordnance Survey data.  The teams commented on how well their ideas progressed over the weekend.  At the end of the weekend successful finalists were selected to receive funding to develop their ideas to help people get active. The judging panel meet again on 26 March 2014 to confirm this.

Some comments from some of the invited teams:

‘We found things, people and ways of working that we’d not been exposed to before’ Tony Davis, OWLS

‘Probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had’ Alex Davies-Moore, Tagd

Watch the Active Lifestyles GeoVation Camp video below to find out more:

Ordnance Survey Developer Challenge attracts dozens of innovative ideas!

By , 11 March, 2014 8:00 am

Since launching Ordnance Survey’s maiden Developer Challenge at the tail-end of 2013, we’ve been busy promoting the competition to all of you budding developers out there! We’re delighted to announce that in total, we received 38 ideas, with the competition now closed for entries.  A further stage of the selection process will now take before we announce the winners next month.

ordnance survey developer challenge graphic

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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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GeoVation winners to help encourage active lifestyles

By , 4 March, 2014 8:00 am

Well done to all the finalists who took part in the GeoVation Camp held at Ordnance Survey head office in Southampton over the weekend. The finalists had been selected as the best ideas entered to our GeoVation Challenge to help encourage people lead more active lifestyles.

It was a truly inspiring weekend, and to help the 10 invited teams develop a prototype venture and become ‘match fit to pitch’, we offered the support from service designers, geography students and information on Ordnance Survey products and services.

At the end of an exciting and energetic weekend, the teams were visited by the judging panel to discuss how their ideas were progressing; they then  pitched to the judges and audience for a slice £100,000 in innovation funding.

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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'»

Get involved with TechHub and Ordnance Survey’s Developer Challenge

By , 21 February, 2014 8:15 am

With the GeoVation Camp rapidly approaching and our 10 finalists confirmed we thought it be a good time to remind you of another competition; the Ordnance Survey Developer challenge in partnership with TechHub.

So today’s guest blog is from TechHub and Locappy.

TechHub

Last Thursday saw TechHub host the first in a brand new series of events, ‘The Future of… Location Based Tech’ and they were very pleased to have four top speakers sharing their knowledge of where the future of location based tech may end up taking us.

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10 finalists confirmed to encourage active lifestyles

By , 18 February, 2014 8:00 am

It’s less than 2 weeks to go until GeoVation Camp and we can now announce the finalists who have confirmed their attendance.  The ideas were submitted to our GeoVation Challenge asking for ways to encourage active lifestyles using Ordnance Survey products or services in the solution.

Unfortunately one of the teams we invited is unable to make the weekend of 28 February to 2 March,  so we’ve been able to invite one of the teams from our reserve list.  Places at camp have been limited to 10 teams so that there is time to help develop ideas to into prototyped ventures and to work on pitches for funding.

The confirmed finalists are listed below – or you can find out more about the ideas coming to camp by clicking on the links in our OS OpenSpace map.

 

OS OpenSpace Finalist map

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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!

OS OpenData Logo

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