12th October 2012

Calling all developers, new business start-ups and entrepeneurs!

Luke Hampson

In a previous blog, we told you all about the “Location – Everything happens somewhere” event that Ordnance Survey hosted towards the end of August, at the Google campus in London.

Over 100 developers turned up, all hoping to learn more about location-based information and how they can use mapping data to develop their own products, services and applications. And they didn’t leave disappointed. Many felt the evening provided a great insight in to the many resources that are freely available, such as OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace and they discovered how others have used such information within their businesses. We’ve produced a short video from the footage captured on the night, so please take a look below.



Following on from the above introductory event, we’re holding a FREE OS OpenData Masterclass next Wednesday 17 October at the HUB, in Westminster, London SW1Y 4TE.

The class is a hands-on session, running from 6 – 9pm and will provide information around the tools and techniques needed to use and analyse a range of open datasets that are of relevance and interest. Attendees will discover how to access hundreds of public datasets, such as: school census data, health care provision, crime statistics and transportation data for example – many of which can be downloaded through websites such as data.gov.uk.

Whilst some familiarity with web browsing and Microsoft Excel is assumed, the Masterclass will benefit any developer, start-up or entrepreneur that has a genuine interest in using location-based information to develop a business idea; but who may currently lack the knowledge and skills needed to do this. So, if you’re interested in coming along, please use this link to register – but hurry, there are only a few places remaining!