I’m lucky to live at the foot of the Ochil hills and have spent many happy hours exploring the many paths and enjoying the peaceful surroundings and expansive views.
I’m not a particularly fit or fast walker, I think it’s fair to say I’m a plodder. But who cares, there’s never any hurry and some days in summer, it’s just great to plonk down on the grassy slope, hot and out of puff, feeling the wind caress your cheeks as you lie back and watch the clouds dance across the sky.
On Tuesday 8 September we’ll be hosting the 2nd Mapathon, alongside the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC).
The developer world has been using hackathons for a number of years to quickly create software for a common, often charitable purpose. The Mapathon adopts the same principles but, rather than software, our output will be high-quality cartographic products that reveal previously unseen patterns in the data, or maps the charity can use for marketing.
Working with data supplied by the Mammal Society, teams or individuals from the cartographic community are invited to gather together to share their ideas, skills and experience for the benefit of others. Each team has the chance to present their work to a panel of judges, who will review the projects and award prizes.
Over 20 people attended the Geovation Hub’s second Trend Café on 25 June, run by the Hub team and Trendwatching.com, which discussed trends in the circular economy.
Image by Trendwatching
Questions were raised and discussions took place around such subjects as: the consumer needs behind innovations, consumerism and sustainability, versatile reusability, patterns in customer behaviour, conscious and unconscious choices in consumerism, and developing trends that challenge conventional selling patterns.
Have you seen the fantastic 3D model map of London at The Building Centre yet? We popped in to see it in early May, but that was ahead of the full interactive display being live over the map. It’s all up and running now and our colleague Danny Hyam, who was also involved in putting the map and data together, took some great photos.
Earlier in the year, we shared news with you about the latest suite of OS OpenData products that are available through our download portal. The four new products in the portfolio are OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Names, OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. On Thursday 2 July, we’re running a free bite-sized masterclass where we’ll be taking a closer look at these products. We’ll be taking classmates on a journey, teaching them how to access, load, style and use the data in open source software – it’s sure to be a great session!
Today’s guest blog is by Raphael Heath, Head of Geography at the Royal High School Bath and one of the winners of the Royal Geographical Society Ordnance Survey Award for Excellence in Secondary Teaching.
Last year, as part of GIS Day 2014, schools across the world participated in a world record GIS Event that I’d organised in collaboration with Esri UK. In this event students were asked to add their ratings for the quality of life in their neighbourhood to a shared online map using ArcGIS online. In total almost 12,000 students took part in the event, setting a new Esri UK world record. The outcomes of this project can be accessed via this summary web app and analysed in more detail in this web app.
The next Trend Café takes place at the Geovation Hub, OS’s new innovation hub, on Thursday 25 June 2015. The Trend Cafés explore the latest trends in costumer and societal behaviour, technology, and business, and the ways in which these trends affect the use of data. Trendwatching.com returns to lead the workshop.
This is the second of Geovation Hub’s Trend Cafés and will be focusing on trends in circular economy. The circular economy is a term that refers to an economy that is restorative, with an emphasis on minimum resources, maximum value and usability, and designing for repairability and longevity. It is an alternative to the ‘make-consume-dispose’ model of the linear economy.
The event starts at 8am, at 1 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0BE. Places are limited and filling up fast, so book your (free) place now!
World Environment Day was established in 1973 and takes place annually on 5 June. The event is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme, each year around a different theme. The theme this year is sustainable consumption and production.
The Digital Shoreditch event being held at Shoreditch Town Hall has been a great opportunity to showcase our innovations. As a founder partner, we have been involved with the festival for some time and are using it to help explain that there’s more to us than paper maps…
With a number of initiatives developed for the event, we had a good chance to talk to a new and varied audience.