DataSpring API Ready for Alpha Feedback

By , 29 January, 2016 8:00 am

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Today’s guest blog is written by Martin Lea who works in a technical team at Ordnance Survey. Martin has been working on a collaborative project that aims to deliver a new API platform called “DataSpring”. DataSpring is a one-stop-shop, providing developers with easy access to authoritative public sector environmental data.


The project has finished an initial phase of development and is now ready for user feedback. So, if you’re a developer who’s keen to get early access to the platform and provide feedback, please read on!

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Trend Café @ the Hub

By , 10 December, 2015 8:00 am

Trend Café @ the Hub: “Believe it or not: the 2015 edition”

17 December, 5pm – 6pm, Geovation Hub, Clerkenwell Green EC1R OBE


Join us for the final Trend Café of 2015, where we’ll be kicking-back with a mince pie and looking back at the more unique innovations from the last 12 months… But don’t believe everything you see!

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From a crowd-funding campaign to bailout Greece and a cheese toasties mail-order service, to a bar that mixes you drinks based on DNA, cinemas powered by joggers, and sheep that double as road signs, can you tell the real innovations from the ridiculous and spot the gimmicks?

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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.

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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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