Open Data Masterclasses – dive into the Water Challenge!

By , 25 November, 2015 8:00 am


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Next week will see the launch of the 9th Geovation Challenge “How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?” so keep a close eye here on the blog for further news!

In support of the Water Challenge, we’re announcing a further series of our popular FREE open data masterclasses, with six dates throughout Britain. During the session, we’ll take a close look at open data available from Ordnance Survey, Environment Agency and others, revealing how the information can be used as a key ingredient to solving problems relating to the theme.

You’ll learn the basics, including how to access and download open data, using the information in an open-source software package to run through a self-led tutorial that will enable you to analyse a Water related problem.

We’ll also have a guest speaker at each event who, alongside the Geovation team, will take a deep dive into the Challenge themes. Details of how to enter and information about the £20,000 value of development support that will be available to each winner through the Geovation Programme will also be shared.


Here are the dates and locations: -

LONDON – 2 December 2015

GLASGOW – 13 January 2016

NEWCASTLE – 14 January 2016

LIVERPOOL – 19 January 2016

BIRMINGHAM – 20 January 2016

SWANSEA – 21 January 2016


Previous Masterclass participants (from series six) told us:

“There were a generous helping of trainers and it is a brilliant training pack. I cannot believe this was a free event – the standard of materials was outstanding”

“I loved that it opened up a whole new world for me. This was my first introduction to Geospatial data, so it was a great, clear and through walkthrough of something I would otherwise have struggled with a lot.”

“Having the materials to take away after is great.”


…and you can check this previous blog to see a further summary of the feedback received from previous Masterclasses.


Series seven is sure to be as popular as ever, so book your place now to avoid disappointment!

We look forward to seeing you there!



Our involvement in the UK’s first ever Open Data Camp

By , 11 March, 2015 8:00 am

We were recently involved in the UK’s first ever Open Data Camp, a weekend event that was held in Winchester on the 21st & 22nd February and which was devoted entirely to open data. Whilst a couple of weeks may have passed since then, we thought we’d share our experiences from the event with you here on the blog.

The Camp was run as an ‘unconference’; meaning the agenda for the two days was not pre-determined and it was up to the 150 delegates to propose the sessions that would run over the course of the weekend. The organisers had promised however that there would be plenty of opportunities to learn, share and participate in a number of presentations, open discussions and story-telling sessions – as well as plenty of coffee and cake throughout the weekend!

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Positive feedback from our sixth series of OpenData Masterclasses

By , 15 December, 2014 8:00 am

Throughout October, we ran our sixth series of OpenData Masterclasses, in collaboration with Land Registry. The events provided a free opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about OS OpenData to find out more; as well as acting as a warm-up for the current GeoVation Challenge – “How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places”.

With five dates throughout England and Wales, the classes aimed to teach people more about the types of datasets that are to be used in any winning GeoVation Housing Challenge venture.

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Data, Insights and Ideas at the GeoVation Camp

By , 10 December, 2014 8:00 am

Today, we bring you a guest blog from the chair of the forthcoming GeoVation Housing Challenge judging panel – Roland Harwood. Roland introduces himself and tells us how he’s looking forward to the hearing more about the data, insights and ideas from the finalists that will be invited to the GeoVation Camp.

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“Thanks to all who submitted ideas and participated in the current GeoVation Housing challenge. In total, we received 43 ideas; with each one of them aiming to solve, what I feel is, one of the biggest challenges we face as a country and a society. I’m very pleased that this will be my 6th time as chair of the GeoVation judging panel and I just wanted to quickly introduce myself to you before the process begins.

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From attending OS OpenData Masterclass, to winning GeoVation

By , 17 November, 2014 8:00 am

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Today’s blog was written by Land Registry and is reproduced here with their kind permission.

When Jason Davies registered for a GeoVation opendata Masterclass in 2012, he had no idea that it would become the springboard for winning GeoVation Challenge funding.

Jason who worked for Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust registered for the class because he wanted to learn more about Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping data. His organisation who work with offenders serving community sentences, were already considering how they could get members of the public to nominate suitable Community Payback projects.

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Register for our FREE Open Data Masterclasses!

By , 3 October, 2014 8:00 am

Together with Land Registry, we recently launched our eighth GeoVation Challenge – “How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?”. A share of £101,000 of funding is available to ideas that best address the long-term housing issues uncovered during our tried-and-trusted GeoVation Pow Wow methodology and you can check further details about how you can enter challenge on an earlier GeoVation blog.

Entrepreneurs, developers, geographers, community groups and innovators are encouraged to enter the challenge – in fact anyone that believes they have a great idea that addresses the issues we’ve identified. Ideas must make use of Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data and to help you, we’ve organised a roadshow of FREE open data masterclasses – check out this short promotional video to learn more about the events:

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Developers use OS mapping data at the Festival of Code

By , 7 August, 2014 8:00 am

In a recent blog, we shared news about how our Innovation team had teamed-up with The Cathedral Innovation Centre and Totton College, to support the sixth – and most successful to date – Young Rewired State (YRS) “Festival of Code”. We thought we’d share a little news with you, covering what happened during this week-long hackathon for under 18’s.

Over 1,000 young people took part in the event by attending one of the 61 regional centres located throughout the UK – Totton College been one of them. Here, on the Monday morning, we were joined by six extraordinarily bright and enthusiastic young people – all keen to learn more about coding.

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Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code 2014

By , 18 July, 2014 8:00 am

For the second year running, Ordnance Survey’s Innovation team are supporting Young Rewired State’s (YRS) Festival of Code, which is a week-long hackathon event for young people aged 18 and under. YRS is the philanthropic arm of Rewired state, which is the largest independent developer network in the UK.

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We’ve teamed up with The Cathedral Innovation Centre and Totton College to bring one of the YRS centres to the Solent region for the first time. Totton college, along with over 50 other centres, will host four-day sessions for young programmers in its state-of-the-art facilities and members from Ordnance Survey’s Innovation team will be on hand to help the participants create websites, prototypes and apps, demonstrating how geospatial information and technology can enhance their ventures.

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Building prototypes at Glasgow’s Future Cities Hackathon

By , 7 April, 2014 8:15 am


With more and more of Britain’s population now living in urban environments, is it possible to harness the power of technology more effectively, to make cities a better place to live in? This is a question the UK’s innovation agency – Technology Strategy Board – posed to 50 cities back in 2012, inviting them to bid for a £24m funding award that would enable the winning bidder to become a ‘Future Cities Demonstrator’ – an initiative that, through the use of technology, aims to improve the integration of services and the urban communities that rely upon them. After taking part in the open competition, Glasgow City Council was awarded with the funding.

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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.

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