Ordnance Survey is Great Britain's national mapping agency, providing geographic data, relied on by government, business and individuals. Ordnance Survey data is relied on by us all. If you call for an ambulance or for police assistance, more often than not it's our data that's used to find you. When there's a gas leak or a burst water main, utility companies are planning their response with mapping from us. We are committed to fostering innovation with our open data initiatives and via the GeoVation community through which we fund new and exciting geography based ventures. We are also known for leisure mapping, such as the OS getamap online service and our OS Explorer Map and OS Landranger Map series.
We pride ourselves on the level of detail that our digital map products have, but this can make them pretty daunting to work with, especially if you have never worked with the specialist map software, Geographic Information Software (GIS) needed to manipulate them before.
To help new users of our data, especially OS OpenData, we have produced a series of videos to help:
1. view a simple map of where they live
2. view a map for a wider area
3. create their own styled map
4. show their data with postcodes and boundaries on a map
They can all be found on our YouTube channel, along with other introductory videos on understanding the difference between Raster and Vector data and getting to grips with the National Grid.
We plan to extend the series of Using OS OpenData tutorials in due course, so if there are any issues you have encountered that you would like some help with, please drop us a line and we will add them to the suite.