INNOVATION UK54INNOVATION UKGeoVation ORDNANCE SURVEY fund that will go to support the very best ideas, but makes no claim on the intellectual property and is keen to engage supporting partners in growing the initiative. So if you'd like to be involved, please get in touch. In addition, to provide some external perspective and guid-ance, we've recruited two GeoVation Champions - Steven Feldman, an expert consultant on the innovative use of Geographic Information, and Stew McTavish, the Chief Executive of mo. jo who has recently worked with Cancer Research UK on its own open innovation challenge. Looking forward GeoVation is on a very exciting journey for all those who use or could use geography more effectively in meeting their own objectives. If you want to contribute ideas, appli-cations and data; collaborate with others to solve prob-lems and create new and exciting solutions using geog-raphy; then you'll be very welcome to join us for the ride. Join the GeoVation Challenge at: www. challenge. geovation. org. uk or follow us on Twitter at http:// twitter. com/ geovation TOP LEFT: Stew McTavish, Chief Executive of mo. jo BOTTOM LEFT: Liz Ratcliffe, Head of Product Marketing and Propositions Comment from Steven Feldman Geography can make a difference to our lives in so many ways, from the tiny but convenient enhance-ment to the planet- saving development or insight. Almost everyone has an idea for using geography when asked, creativity in the use of geography should not be the sole province of the " experts" and the tech-nically skilled. Hopefully, through GeoVation we can help some ideas from the wider community to flourish and perhaps contribute to the creation of some new geo- businesses. Comment from Stew McTavish As a newcomer to the world of geography and geo-graphic information, I've been stunned by what is happening and what is possible. The Open Venture Challenge in aid of Cancer Research UK showed what was possible by engaging your supporters and end-users in collaboratively creating the next big thing. I think that GeoVation has the potential to change the way that people think about and interact with the world around them. But the best thing is that we're just at the start of this GeoVation journey and the people we meet and talk to along the way will deter-mine where we end up.
UKINNOVATION UK55 GeoVation ORDNANCE SURVEY There are a wide range of different web- mapping APIs out there, each of which has its own unique style and benefits. Ordnance Survey's offering is OS OpenSpace which is free for anyone who wants to add maps on their website to help show their information. OS OpenSpace is about providing access to geographic data for the creation of exciting and interesting web applications. Users can pan, zoom through map scales, add markers and share information with the rest of the world. We launched it initially in January 2008 but it was given a revamp to coincide with the new Business Strategy in May 2009. As well as increasing the usage limits it now uniquely includes boundary information for the whole country from European regions down to individual wards. Since May 700 new developers have signed up, with an average of 55 joining each week. OS OpenSpace - Ordnance Survey maps on your website by Tim Martin