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It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?

UK cartographer the Ordnance Survey (OS) has been selected by the government to help it create an infrastructure for driverless cars. With £750,000 from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, OS's "E-CAVE" intends to develop an infrastructure with "open standards and architecture" focusing on "positioning and safety". "E- …
Richard Priday, 29 Jan 2018
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UK's map maker Ordnance Survey plays with robo roof detector

Britain's map maker is demonstrating that machine learning isn't all hot air – but has discovered just how much donkey work is involved. The Ordnance Survey set up an ML experiment to identify roofs from its remote sensing data (satellite and aerial imagery), and found the trial reached 87 per cent accuracy within a week, from …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Dec 2017
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Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches augmented reality tool for maps

More than a decade ago, boffins at the Ordnance Survey began working on augmented reality. Now consumer mobile tech has caught up and the agency has launched an AR tool for the man on the street and the woman in the hills. It was 2006 when Andrew Radburn, a long-standing research scientist at the OS, published his work (PDF) …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017

The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

Interview The UK’s mapping agency has brought in Vodafone’s director of business intelligence Caroline Bellamy to help define and drive its data offering. Bellamy, who is the Ordnance Survey’s first chief data officer, says her appointment on June 28 – which she also reckons might be a first for any national mapping agency – …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jul 2017

Mappy days! Ordnance Survey offers up free map of UK greenery

The Ordnance Survey has launched a free online map of Britain's green spaces with an open dataset for developers to get their hands on. The mapping agency's latest offering pulls together geospatial data to create a map of concrete-free areas across the country – everything from your local park to an allotment. The work …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jul 2017

Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

The Ordnance Survey celebrates its 225th birthday this week, and is commemorating it with two new custom retro-styled maps. Both marry historically accurate styles to modern data. On 21 June 1791, the then "Board of Ordnance" purchased a Ramsden theodolite to survey Britain and protect from a French invasion, hence the 225th …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2016

At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

After a long beta programme, the Ordnance Survey has officially launched its “slippy”-style smartphone app and website - just in time for shivering in a parka on a Bank Holiday Monday, as you wonder who nicked your bike. It marries the Ordnance Survey’s traditional map into a modern, scrollable UI, and was built from the …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2016

Off to Mars this summer? Don't forget your map

In outstanding news for those readers planning a hiking holiday on Mars this summer, Ordnance Survey has produced a limited edition print version of its 1 to 4 million view of the Red Planet's Western Arabia Terra. Created at the behest of Dr Peter Grindrod of the University of London, who's involved in the European Space …
Lester Haines, 18 Mar 2016

Ben Nevis embiggened by a metre

The Scottish mountain of Ben Nevis is now a officially a metre taller at 1,345m, thanks to Ordnance Survey measurements gleaned using GPS. To be precise, the peak lies at 1,344.527m, just a tad higher than the last reading taken back in 1949, when 20 surveyors took 20 nights* to obtain a rounded figure of 1,344m, using " …
Lester Haines, 18 Mar 2016

Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

Those of you planning a hiking holiday on Mars will be pleased to learn that Ordnance Survey has produced a handy map of the Red Planet, or at least a 3,672 by 2,721km chunk of it. OS used elevation data from the Mars Global Surveyor's Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) and official International Astronomical Union and U.S. …
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2016

Turn-by-turn directions coming to Ordnance Survey Maps

Hands On Satnav-style turn-by-turn directions are coming to the Ordnance Survey's stealth-mode Maps app. The ambitious next-generation map app won't get a formal splashy launch until 2016 – but I checked in to see how it's getting on, since we gave you an exclusive peek here. OS Maps is a major multi-year project to create a kind of " …

First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

Exclusive The UK's Ordnance Survey is making a bold stab at "disrupting" smartphone and tablet mapping apps with a freemium app that yokes the OS's peerless geographical data to modern app features. We had a sneak preview at OS HQ recently, and can bring you the first screenshots. While the Ordnance Survey already has an iPhone map, it …
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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

A summer intern at the UK's Ordnance Survey has pumped up the country's map data into 22-billion-block representation of Great Britain in Minecraft. The Ordnance Survey is perfectly happy with the outcome – so much so that it's published the 3D model, which covers 224 thousand square kilometres of Great Britain. The intern, …
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Blighty's coolest mapper will flog its stuff to global buyers

Ordnance Survey (OS) is launching an international service intended to make its expertise about data collection and maintenance, product development and geospatial data management available to overseas governments. To be known as Ordnance Survey International, the new organisation will be launched in September. It will be …
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Osborne to SAVE ECONOMY with help from Media 2.0 websluts

Analysis Since the Tories came to power courtesy of a Coalition deal with the Lib Dems in May 2010, two words continue to be bounced around the walls of Whitehall: open and transparency. Later today, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will detail his painful plans to grow Britain's deflated economy. His autumn statement to the …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2011
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Kent county council stages developer compo

Kent county council has launched a competition for local IT experts to develop new solutions for delivering public services. It is offering £1,000 to each winner for the best innovations based on two ideas: using virtual tokens in a reward scheme for those helping others to get advice and support to take better care of …
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Hero Ordnance Surveyors dodge bullets, tweet as they map

Surveyors for Ordnance Survey maps have taken to Twitter to help the public understand what they are doing, with a Twittermap of the UK plotting their thoughts and observations as they roam the country, looking at roads and measuring things. The OS Mastermap receives 5,000 changes every day, as houses are taken down, roads are …
Anna Leach, 10 Oct 2011
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Ordnance Survey, other gov databases move to Biz dept

Whitehall announced yesterday that it had shunted the Ordnance Survey, Met Office and Land Registry agencies over to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The OS office had previously operated under the Department for Communities and Local Government but has been shifted, along with the Met Office and Land …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jul 2011

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