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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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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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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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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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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Some 20 years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. This revolutionised the way many of us access data today, using the internet to consume information such as words, pictures, videos for example. Now, he’s focusing on building a web for open, Linked Data which could revolutionise the way we use; and potentially unlock the value of data.
So, what is Linked Data? Why and how is Ordnance Survey embracing the opportunity and what is the Linked Data opportunity for developers? We thought you would be interested to learn more – so here’s a blog covering it off.
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As many of our blog followers will be aware, the recent GeoVation challenge resulted in four successful finalists being awarded a share of innovation funding to develop their ideas that addressed: “How can we help British business improve environmental performance?”
Whilst our challenge has now drawn to a close, you may be interested to learn that other funding initiatives do exist – such as the forthcoming ‘Solving business problems with environmental data’ competition, which is being launched by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability KTN.
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With only a few hours left to enter the GeoVation Challenge to help business save the environment, I thought it would be good to see where, in the UK, the ideas that have been submitted are from. Take a look at our OS OpenSpace map below and you can use the links within the markers to find out more about the ideas and comment and vote on them.
If you’ve got an idea to help British business be greener then it’s not too late to enter your own ideas too . You have until 12 noon today (1 May) to enter the GeoVation Challenge. We are looking for ideas that use Ordnance Survey data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data. The best ideas will be invited to a weekend GeoVation Camp from 21 – 23 June 2013 where you can work on building your idea into a prototype and pitch to the judging panel. Successful ideas receive a share of £100,000 funding to get started on developing their ideas.
Over the last couple of years Ordnance Survey has been working on a collaborative project with UK Location Programme and Cabinet Office to implement map-based tools, making it easier for users to search and preview public location datasets available on data.gov.uk. The project was completed to further enable the publication of location datasets in support of the UK Location Strategy, and as part of the UK contribution to the European INSPIRE project.
We are now pleased to announce that the code developed by Ordnance Survey for these mapping tools has been released as open source.
The Map Based Search (see image below) allows users to draw a box on a background map, leading to a search for datasets which are wholly or partially contained in that area. It also features a gazetteer, so the user can locate by place name where on the map they want to draw their search box. This provide a richer, more advanced way of searching, at national, regional and local level, for records of data sets and services that are referenced by geographical coordinates.
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