Posts tagged: Ordnance Survey

Using OS Maps for active lifestyles

By , 7 August, 2015 8:00 am

Ordnance Survey is known foremost for its maps, and many people using OS products (both within and without the organisation) have a keen interest in the outdoors. Particularly since our 2013 challenge, Geovation has taken an interest in ideas and innovations that encourage active lifestyles.

The winners of our Active Lifestyles challenge have found innovative ways to use OS data — the Medal Routes app encourages people to walk and helps them to find routes; Run An Empire is a strategy running game; Tagd allows users to create digital treasure and information trails; and OpenPlay works to connect people to nearby sports facilities.

To further facilitate outdoor exploration, OS has now produced off-road routing for all 15 of Britain’s National Parks in its OS Maps application. this allows people to plot routes along public footpaths and rights of way for walking, cycling and running. OS will also be introducing wheelchair-friendly routes, horse trails and difficulty ratings.

You can find out more about how to use the National Park routing here.


Pledge to #GetOutside with OS

By , 27 July, 2015 8:00 am

Originally posted by Gemma on the Ordnance Survey blog.

Small_logo_OrangeAre you one of the growing number of Brits that has become walk-shy? We want your pledges to get off the sofa, ditch your car and be more active for our #GetOutside campaign.
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Sign up for a Mapathon

By , 17 July, 2015 10:29 am

Originally posted by the Cartographic Design Team on the Ordnance Survey blog.


BCSLogoOn 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.

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Book a slot for the OS OpenData developer masterclass

By , 25 June, 2015 8:00 am

Originally posted by Luke on the Ordnance Survey blog.

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!


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Take another look at Open Data viewer

By , 9 June, 2015 9:01 am

Originally posted by Mike on the Ordnance Survey blog.

When we talk about our range of OS Open Data products, it’s sometimes hard to visualise them from a set of words or descriptions and understand what these products can do for you. Maps and data are by their nature visual things that you have to see to appreciate them. An easy way to this is to visit the OS Open Data viewer site, showing a selection of our national datasets that can be zoomed and searched as you move around the map.


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OS at Digital Shoreditch #ds15

By , 19 May, 2015 11:39 am

Originally posted by Melanie on the Ordnance Survey blog.

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.

Simulator in use

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Win weekend passes for Keswick Mountain Festival

By , 8 April, 2015 8:00 am

Originally posted by Gemma on the Ordnance Survey blog.

We’re thrilled to be a partner at the Keswick Mountain Festival on 14-17 May. Taking place in the heart of the Lake District the packed programme includes speakers like Ray Mears and Alastair Bownlee, music from Mercury Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy and a host of guided activities including MTB biking, hiking, canoeing, navigation training, ghyll scrambling, climbing and so much more. There’s something for all the family with kids activities, food stall and exhibitors on site at Crow Park too.

Keswick Mountain Festival

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New OS OpenData products now live

By , 25 March, 2015 8:00 am

Originally posted by Gemma on the Ordnance Survey blog.

Great news this morning, our latest OS OpenData products are now available for download. Announced last month, the four new products in our open data portfolio are OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Names, OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. Bringing our OS OpenData offering up to sixteen products, the latest offer you increased detail and accuracy and the opportunity for analytics. They are fully customisable and can work together or be imported and integrated with your own software and database.

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OS OpenData award at the British Cartographic Society

By , 24 March, 2015 8:00 am

Ordnance Survey sponsors and judges one of the British Cartographic Society (BCS) awards and once again this year we will be rewarding cartographic excellence and the innovative use of OS OpenData. The awards are made annually at the society’s symposium which this year promises to be a fantastic event as it is being jointly hosted with the Society of Cartographers (SoC).

OS OpenData award

Your entry can take any form, the only stipulation being that it must contain some OS OpenData. Previous winners have included digital web maps, folded paper maps and we have also commended a beautiful hand-drawn map that was used as a film prop! We expect and encourage a real range of entries and we will be judging them using our cartographic design principles and also the innovative use of the data.

The award comprises a crystal trophy and a framed certificate both to be retained by the winner. We will also be offering a prize to the winner (yet to be confirmed) so make sure you get your entries in before the submission deadline, 30th April 2015.

GeoVation Camp as an OS helper

By , 27 January, 2015 10:26 am

About a week back, in mid January, GeoVation held its eighth challenge at the Ordnance Survey Head Office, when nine teams arrived to develop and pitch their ideas.

As I’m a pretty recent addition to the GeoVation team, having started in November, all of my work focus has been on preparing for this event. It was great to see everything come together — with no real problems apart from the weather, which prevented one of the teams from making it to camp — and the atmosphere was very positive, energetic and idealistic, which is one of my favourite kinds of working environment. If there was any blood/sweat/tears involved in the run-up to camp (which I would never admit to) the weekend made up for all of it.

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