13th November 2013

Open data masterclasses kick off in style in Southampton


The first of our latest series of OS OpenData masterclasses was held last week.  Dee Davis,  product manager for OS OpenData, explains what happened:

On Thursday 7 November, we hosted the first in our 2013 series of OS OpenData masterclasses in Southampton. The event was fully booked and hosted participants from the public sector, commercial businesses and academia.

Ian Holt, our Developer Programme Manager kicked-off the day with an introduction to the benefits of open data and pointed to the different sources of data, such as data.gov.uk and is it open data? and Viv Alexander, Community Manager followed with an overview of our GeoVation process and announced the latest GeoVation Challenge around active lifestyles .

After the introduction it was straight down to business and working through a series of exercises showing how to use a geographic information system (GIS) to work with our OS OpenData products, alongside other open data such as demographics.

After a successful morning playing with the data, participants were then shown how to use our application programming interface (API), OS OpenSpace. As most of the attendees were new to web developing languages, we used our web-map builder tool to show how you can quickly create a web‑enabled map, overlay this with your own information and then host on a website.


Some of our own members of staff took the opportunity to attend the Masterclass.

Danielle Allen, Commercial Marketing Assistant

‘I work in our Marketing department, providing support to the Accredited Consultant Scheme. I very rarely get the chance to use our data and test the theories and the master class was a great way to do this. As a newbie to working with GIS and data, I found the pace of the class ideal and there was always someone on hand to answer my questions

There are still some places left on the remaining masterclasses, being held across the country during November. To register for an event, simply click on a link below:


Dee Davis
OS OpenData Product Manager