New simple guides for OS OpenData products
Guest post by summer intern, Jessica Fisher, originally posted on the Ordnance Survey blog.
Under the banner of OS OpenData are over a dozen products which vary in format, scale and design to offer the greatest flexibility and usability possible. These products are all freely downloadable from our OS website – and now there are new start-up guides to using a number of the products.
Open Street Map Hackathon at the Geovation Hub
Guest blog by Alex Wrottesley and Luke Hampson at the Geovation Hub.
For those of you who don’t yet know them, OSM is an open-source worldwide mapping platform, built by community geographers. Although the OSM community is constantly collecting and contributing new data to the platform they are always looking to find ways to improve their maps by curating open geographic information from other sources, including a range of OS data made available through the OS OpenData portal. In demonstrating the Hub’s role as a place to support innovation across the geospatial industry, we were delighted to host OSMLondon – and provide enough tea and coffee to keep them coding all weekend. Appropriately enough the lunchtime pizzas were kindly sponsored by Pie Technologies.
The weekend kicked-off with the organisers, Matt Amos and Andy Allan, setting the broad theme for the event – “Mobile”. They asked the 25 keen hackers what they were intending to work on and gathered all of the thoughts on a whiteboard. The group decided on three key areas:
- Looking in to ways of making OSM mobile compatible and more responsive when used on mobile devices.
- Looking into ways in which they could enhance the OSM map, through capturing where WIFI hotspots exist around the UK.
- Working to fix software ‘bugs’ that are causing issues with their service.
Book a slot for the OS OpenData developer masterclass
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!
Take another look at Open Data viewer
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.
OS Innovation newsletter — May 2015
If you’re subscribed to our mailing list, our latest OS Innovation newsletter should now be with you. This edition contains information on the launch of the new Geovation Hub, OS OpenMap – Local, and updates to Points of Interest.
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New OS OpenData products now live
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.
OS OpenData award at the British Cartographic Society
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).
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.
OS Innovation Newsletter — Spring 2015
The spring edition of the OS Innovation newsletter should be arriving in your inbox now, with our news on recent events, current projects, new products, and a cartography competition.
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Our involvement in the UK’s first ever Open Data Camp
We were recently involved in the UK’s first ever Open Data Camp, a weekend event that was held in Winchester on the 21st & 22nd February and which was devoted entirely to open data. Whilst a couple of weeks may have passed since then, we thought we’d share our experiences from the event with you here on the blog.
The Camp was run as an ‘unconference’; meaning the agenda for the two days was not pre-determined and it was up to the 150 delegates to propose the sessions that would run over the course of the weekend. The organisers had promised however that there would be plenty of opportunities to learn, share and participate in a number of presentations, open discussions and story-telling sessions – as well as plenty of coffee and cake throughout the weekend!
Positive feedback from our sixth series of OpenData Masterclasses
Throughout October, we ran our sixth series of OpenData Masterclasses, in collaboration with Land Registry. The events provided a free opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about OS OpenData to find out more; as well as acting as a warm-up for the current GeoVation Challenge – “How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places”.
With five dates throughout England and Wales, the classes aimed to teach people more about the types of datasets that are to be used in any winning GeoVation Housing Challenge venture.
Team of young coders build location-based game, using OS OpenData
Back in August, we shared news about our support at the Young Rewired State (YRS) Festival of Code and how we mentored young people at one of the centres at Totton College, which is just a stone’s throw from our Head Office.
Following that blog, we were contacted by another team of young coders – Jakob Metson, Tim Yeo, Gordon Lee and Solomon Foy — who told us how they’d also used OS OpenData during the week to build a game. The young coders told us they ‘were amazed by the sheer volume of maps supplied’ through our OS OpenData portal — so we thought we’d invite them to write a guest post, allowing them to share their awesome achievement with our fellow blog followers!
The team, who were aged between 8 and 14 years old and who were based in a centre located in London, discovered our OS OpenData portal via the YRS resources page. Here’s what they had to say about their project: (more…)
From attending OS OpenData Masterclass, to winning GeoVation
Today’s blog was written by Land Registry and is reproduced here with their kind permission.
When Jason Davies registered for a GeoVation opendata Masterclass in 2012, he had no idea that it would become the springboard for winning GeoVation Challenge funding.
Jason who worked for Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust registered for the class because he wanted to learn more about Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping data. His organisation who work with offenders serving community sentences, were already considering how they could get members of the public to nominate suitable Community Payback projects.