13th September 2012

Everthing happens somewhere

Luke Hampson

In a previous blog, we told you all about the Location event that Ordnance Survey hosted at the Google Campus, in London on Tuesday 28 August. We promised to provide an update about what was covered at the event, for the benefit of those that couldn’t attend, so here it is.

The event was a huge success with over 100 attendees coming along to learn more about how others, ranging from new business start-ups, through to fully-fledged multinational companies, are benefiting from using location-based data in their business ventures. The range of guest speakers delivered some captivating and thought-provoking presentations that certainly inspired the room and the networking continued well in to the evening – until we were asked to vacate the building at 10pm in fact!

Location event

The evening kicked off at 6:30pm with an introduction from Jim Ivimey, Senior Account Manager at Ordnance Survey who reminded everyone that “everything happens somewhere” – highlighting the fact that location-based data plays an integral part in many aspects of modern day society.

Ian Holt, our Developer Programme Manager followed this up by providing a fascinating insight into the history of Ordnance Survey as well as an overview of the products and services that we, as Britain’s National Mapping agency, produce, maintain and supply. Ian captivated the audience by delivering a presentation that was entirely based around numbers; providing snippets of information. For example, did you know that our mapping database contains approximately 460 million real world objects – covering features such as detailed building footprints, administrative boundaries, addressable objects and routable road networks to name just a few? Or that we have over 250 surveyors and 2 aeroplanes that enable us to contribute over 5,000 changes to this database every day?

Ian talked about how we have a range of 11 OS OpenData products available to order from our website, which are free for developers to use and that we have processed close to 500, 000 orders since we launched the service in 2010.

The evening then moved on to our guest speakers, where presentations were delivered by James Pursey, Head of Marketing at Sorted; Sadiq Quasim, Director of Marketing at Loyakk, Tim Buick, CEO, StreetPin; and Craig Wareham CEO at Viewranger. All of the speakers were linked by the fact that they have all used location based information to develop their respective business ventures. Craig from Viewranger spoke of how his company have used both OS OpenData and other licensed datasets from Ordnance Survey in addition to other location based resources to grow his business and that it now operates globally.

We’re currently producing a short video from the evening, so we’ll post this on the blog as and when it’s finished, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Finally, the event saw the launch of our OS OpenData developer competition; where an Apple® iPad 64GB is up for grabs along with five runner up prizes who will each win a VIP day at Ordnance Survey’s headquarters in Southampton. We are inviting all OS OpenData users to tell us how they are using OS OpenData or which datasets they find particularly useful and why. For more information about the competition and to enter please click here.