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Here you can look through our weekly posts, share your thoughts, become involved on social media and get in touch with us about your blog ideas. Collaborate, exchange ideas, innovate and be inspired through our programme, challenge and location data-lab in the heart of London’s tech-city. In partnership with Ordnance Survey.
A guest blog from Richard Page of Carbon Prophet, a winner of our 2013 Environment Challenge. Several of our winners from various challenges have already begun to make use of the Geovation Hub and find it a great place to work, network, innovate, and share ideas.
It is always exciting to be asked to attend the launch of something and so, when an email dropped into my inbox inviting me to the launch of the all new Geovation Hub, I quickly accepted.
For those who don’t know, the Hub is designed to be a collaborative space where geographers, developers, challenge winners and others can come together to ensure that winning ideas can access all the support that they need to make a success of their projects.
So, it was with real excitement that I found myself, at 5pm on a Thursday evening, being escorted into the Geovation Hub. I won’t go into the details of the evening that will be done in much more detail by others, but I do want to explain why I feel that the Hub is important.
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.
A guest blog by Andy Reeve of Land Unlocked, one of the winners of our Housing Challenge.
HouseParty is a UK housing ‘unconference’ held every year at the same time as the more classical CIH Housing conference, aiming to showcase the best in innovation, disruption and new developments in the UK housing sector. It was great to be invited along as representatives of Impact Hub Birmingham to talk about the role data and community development could have in democratising housing development.
The session gave us a chance to share our thinking behind our GeoVation idea and to discuss this with a group of experienced and interested housing professional. After spending the last few months analysing a large amount of Land Registry and OS data and talking with large landowners, it was nice to socialise the idea wider and get some feedback on the concept.
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!